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ICT4D And The Challenge Of Vandalism In Zimbabwe

Journal: International Journal of Scientific & Technology Research (Vol.2, No. 8)

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Page : 21-25

Keywords : Key Terms ICT; ICT4D; Information Communication Technologies; Pubic Infrastructure; Vandalism; Zimbabwe;

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Abstract Zimbabwe currently has enormous infrastructure deficit. It can be argued that when Information Communication Technology ICT infrastructure is firmly in place the industry can grow at an expedient rate. The success of the economy hinges upon addressing issues that affect the industry such as infrastructure and utilities. Industrialization requires that the country pursues measures that ensure a strong and reliable supply base particularly on electricity coal fuel and ICT. The study was aimed at finding out the reasons why infrastructure which is already in deficit is vandalized. The researchers used a snowball sampling or networking technique. The respondents were selected through making contacts with one man who had been convicted and served sentences for vandalism who helped by recommending other ex-convicts. The research data was collected using fifteen one-on-one in-depth or semi structured interviews. This allowed rich and detailed data to be collected. The study revealed that economic factors political factors and vengeances of anger were the main reasons why infrastructure is vandalized and stolen in Zimbabwe. The study recommends stiffer penalties and a multifaceted approach which requires all stakeholders to co-operate before massive destruction is done. The communities should be encouraged to appreciate and maintain the infrastructure available. They should be part of efforts to protect the infrastructure in their communities.

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