By Kenneth Mareya in Chinhoyi Diocese
Following a fire accident that razed down Kutama College’s form 2 hostel in the early hours of Monday 12 September 2022, the school is appealing for assistance to renovate the block. The accident affected 185 learners who lost most of their belongings in the inferno.
In an interview with the Chinhoyi Diocese’s Social Communications department, the headmaster of Kutama College Mr. Francis Mukoyi said; “We are deeply concerned about the welfare of our learnerswho lost literally everything. However, we thank God that there were no fatalities as all the affected learners managed to escape the fire. “
“We are appealing for support in cash or kind as we were caught unaware and the cost of renovating the hostel is very high. The school has been put under pressure as we have to find alternative accommodation for the affected learners who need to continue with their studies.” Mr. Mukoyi
Bishop Mupandasekwa also visited the school to assess the extent of the damage. Government officials including resident Minister Mrs. Mary Mliswa Chikoka, the PED Mr. Dzveta, minister Ziyambi Ziyambi and alumni also paid a visit to the school and assured the parents and the school of state assisted intervention. Farmgold company chipped in with food stuff donations to support the affected learners.
The 185 affected learners were given two weeks break until 26 September 2022. The break was approved by the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education to accord time for psychological healing for the learners. The fire which is suspected to have started from the hostel’s TV room reduced the building to a ramshackle.
Though no life was lost in the incident and no injuries were sustained, the students lost all their belongings to the incident and this occurred barely a week after schools had opened for the third term.