St Charles Luwanga students refuse return

St Charles Luwanga students navigating their way to safety after being marooned for three days

By Norma Tsopo

Traumatized St Charles Luwanga boarding students are all not returning to the school after a horror Cyclone Idai induced landslide killed two of their colleagues and a staff member, a senior government official has said.

Civil Protection Unit Manicaland chairperson Edgars Seenza told a delegation of permanent secretaries who were led by Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Misheck Sibanda Holiday Inn Mutare on Friday that the traumatized students who were forced to stay with their deceased colleagues at the partially destroyed school for three days will enrol in other schools.

St Charles Luwanga students walking to safety as their evacuation took long to arrive

“St Charles Luwanga learners are no longer keen to return there… boarders are going to be taken to other schools given their experiences,” Seenza said.

The school will however only open on April 23 for its day pupils who stay around the Roman Catholic school with plans to re-site the school being considered.

“The school will only open for day pupils but there are plans to have the school re-sited,” he said.

Cyclone Idai killed 52 pupils in Manicaland with over 70 others still missing. All except the two St Charles Luwanga students died in their homes or in unauthorised home boarding facilities.

Three teachers have been confirmed dead with three more still missing from the country’s worst ever natural disaster.

The violent category three cyclone destroyed school and road infrastructure that has since led to the forced early closure of 43 schools in Chimanimani.