Students from the Harare Institute of Technology (HIT) have developed a mobile application that will allow members of the public to report environmental mismanagement and degradation.
The application called Taura/Khuluma was developed under the institute’s Enactus Students Club. The club’s projects manager Absalom Singagwari explains, “Taura/Khuluma is an environmental management app that will allow members of the public to report environmental issues including illegal dumping and other bad practices.” He said many people get annoyed with environmental mismanagement and just complain about it in their social media posts. “Instead of voicing their opinions on social media people can now send their worries to the relevant authorities,” he said.
Singagwari said, “Many people do not report issues of environmental degradation because of the bureaucracy involved when they call authorities and also the lack of money to make the calls.” Taura/Khuluma is set to be accessible on Google Play Store so that anyone with a smart phone will be able to download it and install on their mobile devices. The application will be available free of charge.
“Taura/Khuluma will feed the information reported directly to the server/database of the responsible authorities,” said Singagwari. He said they are currently engaging environmental management authorities to find a partner to run the application. “Once we have the authorities on board, the app will be available for all users,” he said.
The students have also developed another application on corruption, also yet to become available. Singagwari said, “Our aim is to give people a voice in matters of concern. Just like environmental mismanagement, corruption is a growing menace in our society and if it goes unchecked it will only get worse.” He said they are currently in talks with various anti-corruption organisations including Transparency International in a bid to find ways to make the app effective.
Enactus is an international organisation working in several different countries. It works with young people aiding and encouraging them to find solutions to developmental issues. In Zimbabwe Enactus is found in various universities and institutes of higher learning.
To find out more on the apps visit www.taurakhuluma.com.