MP to build school and polyclinic

Arnold Tsunga, the legislator for Dangamvura-Chikanga says he plans to help the community to build a secondary school and clinic in Hobhouse high density suburb of Mutare.

Tsunga, elected on a MDC-T ticket in July, said there was a dire need for such facilities in the suburb, 15 km from the city centre.

Hobhouse was built in 2000 and is one of the heavily populated suburbs in Mutare. The area lacks basic social amenities, as the council has always blamed the lack of resources for the neglect.

In an interview with The Zimbabwean, Tsunga said the only school in Hobhouse, Sacred Heart, was built by the Catholic Church then under the leadership of Bishop John Mutume.

"The school (Sacred Heart) is still under construction, but it is currently accommodating Grades one to six," said Tsunga.

"The situation has been made worse considering the view that in less than two years the Grade seven, which is composed of four classes with an average of 35 pupils per class, will be going to high schools, yet there is no secondary school in Hobhouse."

The nearest secondary schools were in Dangamvura suburb, 10km away.

"This situation is among our top priorities next year. I am going to source some funds to build the secondary school as well as the polyclinic," he said.

"It is sad that some school children have to walk to secondary schools outside the suburb. This might affect their education. I am going to look into this issue and work together with the relevant authorities to save the situation," Tsunga added.

There is also no clinic in Hobhouse. The nearest health centres, once again, were in Dangamvura and Chikanga.

Tsunga said he was concerned to see women, including those with maternity needs, having to travel for such long distances for essential services.

"This is unhealthy and these are basic requirements that should be put in place. There is great need of establishing a clinic. We will also have to work closely with the council and other partners to source funds for the establishment of a clinic," he added.

Meanwhile, Tsunga last week donated $500 towards the development of Early Childhood Development learning material and infrastructure at Dangamvura Primary School.

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