Through the Valley, Richard looks at the plight of Zimbabwean refugees in South Africa. Without money, papers and contacts theyÂ struggle to survive in aÂ country where they are not wanted and their stories areÂ frequently desperateÂ beyond imagination. Often, the only place they have to turn to is the church. This week a Catholic priest in Johannesburg has spoken up for sick Zimbabwean refugees who are refused treatment in hospital. The Catholic archdiocese is collaborating with the Methodist mission with housing, organising food aid and finding employment opportunities for these unfortunate refugees.
HEALTHbeat, which takes an holistic view of issues concerning health and well-being. Dr Bob Choto has a list of accomplishments as long as his arm, he has lectured at universities worldwide and is a leading figure in the University of Zimbabwe medical department. His specialty is paediatrics, in particular infectious diseases and nutrition, and he also has an interest in cholera. He joins the programme to discuss the current health and welfare of Zimbabwean children, and he also talks about the rise in child abuse cases brought about by the economic crisis and the increasing numbers of vulnerable children in child-headed households.
In Cathy Buckleâ€™s Letter from Zimbabwe she writes, â€œThe unity government is being torn apart over the retention of the Reserve Bank Governor, Gideon Gono. While they argue, threaten and grandstand, we look at our tattered lives.â€
Callback Pat says Zimbabweans need the rest of the world to intervene and end the suffering; Aviv Gruer is a keen art collector and he talks about the sad loss to the art world of the well-known sculptress Colleen Madamombe, and Hondo describes Gono as a â€˜ZANU PF protected species,â€™ and adds that only if Gono goes can Zimbabwe have a chance of getting back on its feet.
Hotseat with the second part of the debate on the constitution-making process with Constitution Minister Advocate Eric Matinenga and NCA leader Dr Lovemore Madhuku. Last week the two panellists differed sharply on who should spearhead the making of Zimbabweâ€™s new constitution. There have been concerns that if the NCA and other civic groups reject the government-led process they could miss out on a perfect opportunity to act as guardian of the peopleâ€™s wishes. But if there is no consensus, how successful can the MDC be with a process that takes them away from their traditional allies, the NCA, ZCTU & ZINASU?
Callback Wicklow says he was living in South Africa for a while but is now back in Zimbabwe because he believes the situation is improving, whereas Mandla vows to stay on in South Africa because he says nothing will change as long as Mugabe remains in power. Then, Chaka says Gono and Tomana should step down to allow for progress.