Villagers forced to pay for building hall

Villagers from Mutoko in Mashonaland East province are reportedly being forced by traditional leaders to contribute towards the completion of a community hall at Jembere Growth Point under the guise of a Zanu (PF) development project.

The told The Zimbabwean that village heads ordered every household to contribute a dollar towards completion of the hall. Said Shadreck Mutomba, “We are failing to buy inputs for farming and for them to expect us to pay for the completion of a hall is wishful thinking.”

Ward 16 villagers alleged that village heads, Agrippa Mukiwa, Douglas Chihodzi, Tiki Kapaso and Paul Ganye are reportedly moving around the community collecting money from poverty stricken villagers.

The member of parliament for Mutoko South constituency, David Chapfika said he was not aware of the developments, as he had assumed his post ‘only recently’.

A local MDC official confirmed that villagers were facing challenges in contributing the required $1 per household. “Construction of the hall is a noble initiative but villagers are struggling to make ends meet. They cannot be expected to pay for the hall when they have much more important things to worry about,” said Tonderai Gwabada.

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