Where is Mandipaka? ask Buhera voters

People in Buhera West have expressed concern that their newly-elected legislator, ex-top cop Oliver Mandipaka, has not been seen since the elections - despite promising that he would be on the ground if elected into power.

Oliver Mandipaka
Oliver Mandipaka

According to ZEC, Mandipaka won with 10,351 votes against Jaison Andrew Matewu of the MDC-T with 7,172 and Moses Mutyasira (MDC-Ncube) with 601 votes.

Said a villager who spoke on condition of anonymity: “He was always in the constituency towards elections. The last time we saw him was a few days after elections and since then, he has never set foot in this constituency.”

“Villagers are not happy and they have approached me with those concerns,” said a village head from the area. “Politicians make the mistake of thinking that the electorate can be taken for granted. Five years is not a very long time and come election time, they will vote him out of office,” he said.

Danai Dzanyanga said rural communities were often tricked into voting for politicians who “take advantage of rural communities and it is sad that they always fall into the same trap during election time.

“Towards election time, politicians splash t- shirts, food hand- outs and promise all sorts of developmental projects. Analysing how many of those projects are fulfilled, one realises that a few see the light of day,” she said. Efforts to get a comment from Mandipaka were futile as his mobile number was not available since last week.

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