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Matobo North legislator Never Khanye (Zanu PF) is accused of clandestinely using part of the Constituency Development Funds (CDF) meant for the construction of the clinic to construct vending stalls which had not been identified as a priority in the community at the expense of the clinic as well as freezing out villagers from participating in choosing their own projects. 

MATABELELAND SOUTH, The CB News, 24 April 18 — MATOBO North's Ward 17 villagers have taken their Member of Parliament (MP) Never Khanye (ZANU PF) to task demanding the legislator to explain how he used the Government’s Constituency Development Fund (CDF). 

Villagers allege that the MP clandestinely used part of the funds meant for the construction of the clinic to construct vending stalls which had not been identified as a priority in the community at the expense of the clinic. 

Disgruntled villagers who spoke to The Citizen Bulletin said they had hoped that the CDF would help address their longtime plight of not having a clinic before their hopes were shattered by the legislator who individually picked a different project to pursue at the expense of more pressing community needs. 

They said they walked for more than 20 kilometres to Natisa Clinic (pictured) which is overwhelmed by dozens of patients as it services at least three villages out of six in the constituency. 

“Our MP (Khanye) was given the $50 000 of which $7 000 was meant for our ward and he decided, without consulting us, to channel it to useless projects such as  building vending stands along the Kezi-Maphisa road instead of constructing a clinic which we had identified as a top priority,” one of the aggrieved villagers, Steven Dube fumed. 

Hlengani Ncube, a resource person for the ward told this publication that he had tried to no avail, to engage the legislator on behalf of villagers during a ward meeting to discuss the CDF. 

“I raised this issue with him during a ward meeting and he decided to skirt all my enquiries including why he decided to set aside the clinic project without consulting villagers,” Ncube said adding that villagers believed that the CDF was blighted by political interference. 

“ZANU PF has structures which interfere with village and ward development committees. The ZANU PF chairperson did not present the ward plan to the MP and in turn, the MP did not consult the community,” Ncube charged. “We believe that this kind of political interference is the one causing confusion in the way this fund (CDF) is administered.”

“If we have CDF the sitting MP should make consultations with constituency members as to how to use the money. These should be all-inclusive gatherings that are not in any way aligned to any political party,” added Ncube. 

Villagers also accused the legislator of failing to come up with committees to administer the CDF, an allegation which the legislator flatly denied.

“That’s not true,” Khanye said in reference to the allegations that he was administering the CDF as a one-man committee. “I have two committees that I work with. If you want to see all the projects that I have done go to Matobo RDC, they will show you all the information you may need as stipulated in the Standing Rules and Orders of Parliament.”

However, efforts to get a comment from Matobo Rural District Council, the local authority overseeing projects in the constituency were fruitless at the time of publication as its Chief Executive Officer Elvis Sibanda had not provided the information which he had promised to avail in detail when contacted for comment over the phone. 

Despite failing to secure a share of the CDF to construct a clinic, villagers said they had resolved to go on with the project on their own through community contributions. 

“We are going forward with this project because it’s one of our pressing needs,” a community member who refused to be named for fear of retribution said. 

“We have already dug the foundation, moulded bricks and collected sand and quarry to kick-start the project on our own,” the community member said. — Editing by Divine Dube  

Local transport operators are crying foul over their ejection from Basch Street Terminus to pave way for the construction of Egodini mall as their business tumble. 

…As Commuters Opt for Pirate Kombis

BULAWAYO: While Egodini project has brought smiles to the generality of locals, transport operators rue the day the Bulawayo City Council (BCC) ejected them from the city’s biggest terminus to pave way for the construction of Egodini Mall.

Kombi operators and informal traders, better known as vendors, were last month relocated to various sites in the city as Terracotta, the company which won the tender execute the project officially began its work at Egodini.

But kombi drivers, while admitting the long-term economic benefits of the project to the city, their relocation to temporary terminuses has had undesirable effects, especially to their business as many of their traditional commuters now opt to board in-transit kombis, long accused of pirating.

Kombis which were operating from Egodini have been temporarily placed around the TM Hyper area along Hebert Chitepo.

“The ejection of kombis from Egodini for the construction of the mall has caused more harm than good to our business,” a kombi driver, Charles Moyo, plying the Nketa/Nkulumane-City route told The Citizen Bulletin in an interview early this week.

“Commuters no longer board our kombis because where we were relocated to is not central.”

Kombis take home an average of between $40 and $80 per day. But the declining business has seen some kombis fetching a paltry $20 per day. Prompted by the declining business, some operators have reduced kombi fares from 50 to 30 cents with the hope of attracting commuters.

George Mapako, director of Bulawayo City Transit, however, attributed the decline in business to pirate taxis which he said picked commuters from undesignated pickup points.

“Unregistered kombis ferry passengers in town and traffic police seem to be doing nothing to curb this—and this affects our business as commuters opt to board kombis in-transit,” Mapako said.

Mapako said following their initial relocation from Egodini to Sixth Avenue, they engaged City Fathers to be relocated to another site when they realized that commuters from the Southern-Western suburbs did not come to board at the site. Subsequently, they were relocated to the site around Pick ‘n’ Pay, formerly TM Hyper.

The construction of Egodini, according to project executors, is expected to take approximately 2 years. Meanwhile, the BCC says it is working on identifying and developing a permanent terminus and vending areas for operators and traders who were affected by the development. —   @The_CBNews

 

Doctors have refused to go back to work, calling the government to first address their grievances which include paying their allowances and equipping public hospitals with drugs and functional equipment.

BULAWAYO — Hospital doctors will continue with the crippling strike as long as the government does not address grievances raised by the medical practitioners, Doctor Mutero Mupereki a representative of the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association said Wednesday following a protest march by doctors at the United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH).

UBH and Mpilo doctors downed tools about two weeks ago calling the government to address the deplorable state of local hospitals including lack of drugs and functional equipment. They also lamented the failure of the government to pay their allowances dating back to 2014.

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Today nurses at Mpilo also threatened to join the strike which has brought the already struggling local health system to a comatose.  Government is toying with the crippling industrial action and has for the past two weeks failed to reach an agreement with the doctors. 


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A Zanu PF official has denied allegations that his party has deployed members of the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) in the city to campaign for the party ahead of the 2018 general elections.

BULAWAYO: A Zanu PF official has denied allegations that his party has deployed members of the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) in the city to campaign for the party ahead of the 2018 general elections.

Following the “military-assisted” transition of November 15, 2017, there has been growing public scepticism that Zanu PF would front its campaign with soldiers. But the ruling party has denied the allegations.  

Speaking on #Asakhe Breakfast Show hosted by the Centre for Innovation and Technology early this week, Bulawayo Province’s Zanu PF Secretary for Finance Mlungisi Moyo curtly denied the allegations saying “we work with zero soldiers”.

“We don’t have soldiers but retired personnel,” Moyo told Zenzele Ndebele, the host of the Breakfast Show Wednesday. “We don’t have active soldiers participating in anything.”

Recently, opposition parties claimed they had evidence indicating that Zanu PF has since deployed dozens of soldiers, especially in rural areas, to campaign for the party ahead of the 2018 plebiscite set for between June and August this year.

Although in the past soldiers have openly shown allegiance to Zanu PF, in violation of the country’s Constitution, the party has never openly accepted it has members of the military within its ranks.

"In fact, we have zero soldiers within our campaign structures,” Moyo said as he flatly refuted allegations soldiers had already been deployed to various constituencies to campaign for Zanu PF.  


The Citizen Bulletin is an independent, nonprofit news startup focused on local reporting and build on citizen journalism. We dig deep into important community issues, shining a light on local stories ignored by the mainstream media—and we stick with ‘minor’ issues as long as they address local needs. “Public” Powered Journalism is our pre-occupation and as such we invite our audiences to be part of our reporting cycle. Click HERE to learn more about how to report 'with' us.  

Plumtree Musicians Receive BAA Nominations

PLUMTREE-born musicians Martin Sibanda, Tish Malaba and Clement Magwaza Ncube have been nominated for the inaugural Bulawayo Arts Awards (BAA) which recognise artistes from Matabeleland—including Bulawayo, Matabeleland North and South.

The awards will be held on June 30 at the Bulawayo Large City Hall.

Sibanda and Ncube will both compete for the most outstanding Tshibilika/Rumba music. Their competition in this category includes Mothusi Bashimane Ndlovu better known as Madlela—and most famous for his hit song “SaMaMo”.

Malaba on the other hand will compete for the Song of the Year and Best Kwaito/House through his Kalanga Child hit. 

 File photo: Martin Sibanda

Ncube and Sibanda are both famous for Tshibilika music better known as Rumba or Afro-fusion which is most popular in Matabeleland South and North provinces while Malaba is famous for pioneering Kalanga Kwaito/House music in Zimbabwe. 

The nominees have begun canvassing for votes on social media—and fans can cast votes for their favourite acts/artistes through sending a message to the adjudicators via WhatsApp or SMS to +263 777934443 or via the Awards’ official Facebook page Bulawayo Arts Awards.

 File photo: Clement "Magwaza" Ncube

To vote for the artiste of your choice use the format below and send your vote using the contacts options provided above. 


#BAAZw

Genre/Category: Outstanding Tshibilika/Rumba Music

Artist/Act: Martin Sibanda/Clement Magwaza Ncube (NB: Pick your favourite)


To vote for Kalanga Child use the format below. 


#BAAZw

Genre/Category: Outstanding Kwaito/House/Song of the Year

Artist/Act: Sinazo/Kalanga Child


 

Tags: Tish Malaba,, Kalanga Child,, Sinazo,, Rumba Music,, Clement Magwaza Ncube,, BAA,, Martin Sibanda,, Plumtree,

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