Chibaya told The Zimbabwean that 2014 should make a difference in the lives of marginalised groups in the area, which comprise thousands of needy people.
Several non-governmental organisations, including Care International, Midlands Aids Services Organisation and Eight Twenty Vision, work in the area, helping the poor and the vulnerable. Eight Twenty Vision was founded by David Poccock, a rugby player who grew up in Gweru.
Chibaya, in his predictions for the new year, said he was committed to rekindling hope in his constituency.
“Suburbs like Mtapa, Ascot and Mambo are the most impoverished. You find orphans who have dropped out of school, the aged who cannot put food on the table for themselves and their siblings, vagrants, and the disabled struggling to make ends meet. There are people living with HIV with no clue of where to get treatment,” he said.
“I am committing myself to being with them in the coming year so that hope in life may shine out to them,” said Chibaya.
He said although the work of an MP should be restricted to government oversight, representation and law-making, the situation in the country needed a leader to first address the bread and butter issues.
“It is best for one to be pragmatic. It is of paramount importance to first address the sorrowful-looking faces at home before anything else,” he said.
The MP said he planned to raise support within the donor community and colleagues in the MDC-T.
“We will have to invite well-wishers as well, but I am hopeful the initiative will come to pass,” he said.
Pazvakavambwa Ngirandi, a grandmother of three orphans in Mtapa, said Chibaya’s effort needed to be supported.
“In June, all the aged people and orphans in the suburb of Mambo got food hampers from Chibaya. It is encouraging if he has said he will do more next year,” she said.
“The pro-poor initiative he is speaking about is going to save lives. We welcome it,” added Levy Gumbura, an unemployed youth from Mkoba.Post published in: News