Undenge blocks development: locals

Zanu (PF) Chimanimani East MP Samuel Undenge has been blasted by villagers for blocking developmental projects initiated by MDC-T councillors.


The MDC-T councillors and villagers last week told The Zimbabwean that Undenge was blocking the hand over of school furniture and stationery donated by a local businessman to the community. The businessman, who cannot be named, said his company had made desks, tables and chairs for 10 schools in the district and had also bought text and exercise books.

“I have been working with the Chimanimani Rural District Council and its councillors on some developmental issues and we identified about 10 schools that are facing acute shortages of furniture. My company then manufactured the furniture and bought the text and exercise books, but we are surprised that Undenge is blocking the handing over of the donation because of his self-serving political motives,” said the businessman.

Councillors from Chimanimani Rural District Councillors interviewed said Undenge was blocking the developmental projects by ordering the council to first seek permission from him for everything. He is reportedly using war veterans and youth militia to intimidate council officials who will not allow projects to take off without his blessing.

Ward seven councillor, Elijar Mugede, said: “We have been asking for assistance from individuals and business people to embark on developmental projects and we had a timber company that had offered to donate the furniture, but surprisingly Undenge is blocking all these efforts.”

A senior council official refused to comment, but referred all questions to the District Administrator who was not immediately available.

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