**Weekend Star** Former Pakati student Remigio Kubhadya in wildlife protection

Hwange National Park

Just this week, I have been in contact with a former student of Pakati Secondary school, Remigio Kubhadya. Below is his story, as told to me over a few days. It is great to tell of how well people can do from such backgrounds, something I am very familiar with having spent some time at the school previously as you may know.

At Makwika village in Hwange

Hi there, can you tell us a bit about yourself please?

My name is Remigio Kubhadya, and I come from Chadenga village near the sign post of Pakati, on the road from Musami to Rhodes township.

When and where did you go to school? Who do you remember most?

I did my Primary education at Chanetsa school, but I went to Pakati Secondary school for my ‘O’ Levels. I was there from 2003 to 2006. By the time I started, the secondary headmaster was Mr Chowa, and there was Mr Siduna who taught me English. Mr Sagonda taught commerce, and by the time I ended my ‘O’ Levels Mr Chingoriwo had replaced Mr Chowa as Head of Pakati Secondary. During the time I was at school, my friends were Elvis Jeke, Coster and Clever Munemo from Dzimauta village near Pakati Primary school.

What did you do after finishing school?

After school, I was farming on my father’s plot, as he has a five hectre plot in Shamva. In the year 2012 I joined the Zimbabwe Republic Police force (ZRP), and worked at in Hwange for 6 years. Later I transferred to Kamativi Police where I worked there for five months. In December 2019 I then went to Matebeleland North Provincial Communication Centre, where I am currently still attached to.

So is your current job part of the ZRP?

Yes, in the communication department of the Police, which also takes me into Hwange National Park, the largest game park in Zimbabwe.

Ah ok, thats good, thank you. What do you actually do in the Park? Are you based at Sinamatella?

I go there on anti poarching duties as a way of minimising activities that are done by poachers, who at times put cyanide in water to poison elephants, or who might kill them with rifles, as well protecting other animals from poachers who slaughter animals for meat. As part of this role I go to Sinamatella Camp, I also go to Robbins Camp deep inside the park. We also support Park staff with their ongoing reseach into the health of Park animals. It is very important to protect the wildlife of Zimbabwe.

National Park staff seen checking the health of a lion inside the park

Tell us more about the Communications work please..

The Communications Centre is there to communicate with other districts, as well as the general HQ in Harare. It is like we are middle men sharing information to, from and between the districts and Harare.

Family?

I am married, and we are blessed with two boys. We have been living in Hwange since 2013.

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My thanks to Remigio Kubhadya for his story & photos. The two pictures from Hwange National Park were taken from free images on the internet.

Author:

My name is Chris Walker, and between January 1989 and September 1991 I worked, through VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas), at Pakati Secondary School in Murehwa South district in Zimbabwe. I was a Maths teacher for 2 years, the Acting Head for the last 8 months there. I have also taught in Botswana & the UK, had 4 years working for VSO, and have been a Civil Servant in Bradford since 2005. I married a Zimbabwean woman & we have 2 sons.

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