Locals vs. MP in stand off

House of Assembly Member Kizitho Chivamba of Zanu (PF) is engaged in a stand-off with locals who are accusing him of neglecting his constituency.

Maxwell Chivandikwa, the Development Committee Chairperson for Chiundura, told The Zimbabwean that Chivamba had deliberately down-played calls for implementing key projects for the area.

“At present there is an acute problem with the road stretching from Muchakata Business Centre to Mlezu Bridge where bus companies are threatening to pull out,” he said.

Chivandikwa also pointed out that, despite continuous calls for the MP to look into the matter, he had chosen to ignore it.

“As locals, we are now the ones who are doing voluntary work to upgrade the road using personal resources,” said Chivandikwa.

The villagers also said Chivamba had done nothing to address the persistent water problems in the area.

“We wonder what he spent the Constituency Development Fund on,” added Chivandikwa.

The Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs Ministry has also questioned the use of the money from the CDF. Earlier this year, officials from the ministry undertook a survey which showed that the MP could only have used $20 000 of the $50 000 granted to him.

When contacted for comment, Chivamba said the CDF could not have covered all the needs of the constituency because there were so many. He also noted that he was engaging the Vungu Rural District Council to do the job of upgrading the roads.

“The government has disbursed funds specifically for the maintenance of roads and I am pushing the council to do the job because they have the money. I am told they want to start when the rain comes,” Chivamba said.

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