MPs, Councillors resolve to make a difference in 2014

Members of Parliament and ward councillors say they plan to make a difference and improve the welfare of people in their constituencies in 2014.

The pledge followed reports of politicians’ general failure to deliver or to make appearances in their constituencies once elections are over.

Marondera Central Councillor for ward 3, Boniface Tagwirei, said he would use 2014 to foster change in his ward. Like most areas, his ward suffers from lack of service delivery and the non-existence of community-based projects. He said he wanted to identify orphans, children in need, the aged, those physically handicapped and other welfare cases before talking to the government and donors for help.

“I intend to lobby the local authority for a ward level clinic for the poor; and a police post to help curb crime,” said Tagwirei. He vowed to push the council for more land for housing; to improve refuse collection; and to sink boreholes in the area.

Harare ward 12 Councillor, Auxillia Mahachi, said roads in her area would be serviced in 2014. Children’s homes, creches and schools would be upgraded and supplied with necessary stationery and furniture.

“Though the economy remains in bad shape, together with members in my ward, we will do our best to make things work again,” she said.

Thomas Chineka, councillor for Harare ward 29 intends to come up with a ward development committee comprised of stakeholders such as the physically handicapped, police, city council, schools, clinics, churches and sporting institutions. The committee would identify areas and interests needing attention.

Starting January 2014, Zanu (PF) said it would demand progress reports from its MPs outlining their developmental projects. The party’s national chairperson, Simon Khaya Moyo, said the results would be followed by an inspection on the ground.

“Party legislators’ performance during their five-year term of office should be justified and indicate that they are the right candidates for the office,” said Moyo.

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