CDF abuse: Chivamba under fire

Local Zanu (PF) House of Assembly member, Kizitho Chivamba, is under fire from locals and councillors over mismanagement of the Constituency Development Fund.

Zanu (PF) House of Assembly member, Kizitho Chivamba.
Zanu (PF) House of Assembly member, Kizitho Chivamba.

Councillors say Chivamba, the former Zanu (PF) Midlands Youth Chairman, abused the money and misled the Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs Ministry officials when they visited the area.

The ministry officials visited Chiundura in July and announced that about US$20 000 of the US$50 000 facility may have been used on the projects they toured. At that time Chivamba failed to produce receipts to show how he had used the money saying the parliamentary affairs ministry should have first conducted book-keeping trainings for legislators in order for them to be knowledgeable in accounting.

“The MP ordered Tendai Marongwe, councillor for ward 14, to show the parliamentary ministry officials a classroom block at Chikwingwizha school as one of the projects he had done. The truth is that the block was built by Vungu Rural District Council without his involvement,” a councillor said.

A classroom block that was built by Sino cement company as part of its community services was also shown to the ministry officials as another project conducted by Chivamba using CDF.

Sources have also said that Chivamba has fallen out with ward 16 councillor, Anna Tohwe, whom he wants inflate the figures on the receipts of the materials she bought with the little money given to her by the legislator.

Sources at a piggery section in the constituency said there were amazed when parliamentary ministry officials visited the place under the impression that the project had been funded by Chivamba.

“He only donated 20 bags of cement. We understand they had been donated to him by Sino cement company. We did everything else to construct the piggery section with our own resources.”

When contacted for comment, Chivamba rubbished the reports and said he actually used more than the US$50 000 Constituency Development Fund for the projects.

“I know you have been tasked by MDC leadership to tarnish my name so they get my constituency in the next elections. That is your agenda. I actually used money from my personal pocket to supplement CDF,” Chivamba said.

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