Leg­is­la­tor dis­misses Mat’land marginal­i­sa­tion talk

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Nqo­bile Tshili Chron­i­cle Cor­re­spon­dent

A MEM­BER of Par­lia­ment from Bu­l­awayo has slammed the peo­ple of Mata­bele­land for rid­ing on al­leged marginal­i­sa­tion when they are not ag­gres­sive in grab­bing avail­able op­por­tu­ni­ties, opt­ing in­stead to cross the bor­der into South Africa.

Zanu-PF Pe­land­aba-Mpopoma MP Cde Joseph Tshuma said this yesterday at Iny­athi Youth Cen­tre in Mpopoma sub­urb dur­ing a meet­ing with pas­tors who lead churches lo­cated in his con­stituency.

Cde Tshuma said he has come across sev­eral peo­ple who com­plain about marginal­i­sa­tion when in ac­tual fact they are ig­no­rant about the is­sues con­cerned.

The MP cited talk of al­leged marginal­i­sa­tion when it comes to em­ploy­ment, en­rol­ment of stu­dents in col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties as well as re­cruit­ment in the civil ser­vice.

He said many peo­ple lose out on op­por­tu­ni­ties as they de­pend on hearsay in­stead of seek­ing clar­ity from the cor­rect of­fices.

The leg­is­la­tor was re­spond­ing to one of the pas­tors who had raised the is­sue of marginal­i­sa­tion say­ing peo­ple from the re­gion are ne­glected when it comes to jobs and other op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Cde Tshuma said he was forced to ap­proach the Zim­babwe Na­tional Army over re­cruit­ments af­ter mem­bers of the pub­lic com­plained about be­ing left out.

“I went to com­plain about the re­cruit­ments in the army af­ter be­ing told that chil­dren from the re­gion were be­ing marginalised. I was wel­comed by the re­cruit­ing of­fi­cer who showed me that about 15 out of 100 places re­served for peo­ple from Mata­bele­land were not be­ing taken up,” said Cde Tshuma.

“Peo­ple from our re­gion are not de­ter­mined. They’re choosy. They pre­fer go­ing to South Africa.”

Cde Tshuma said last year he con­fronted the head of Nku­lumane Pri­mary School on the school’s al­leged de­ci­sion to with­hold Grade Seven ex­am­i­na­tion re­sults over un­paid fees but was later to learn that par­ents were in the wrong.

“Par­ents need to be hon­est about things. They don’t want to make pay­ment plans with schools. Be hon­est and then get help,” he said.

Cde Tshuma said it was im­per­a­tive for lo­cal peo­ple to ap­proach rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties be­fore lodg­ing com­plaints.

He said there are other gen­uine cases where lo­cals have been over­looked say­ing those are the in­ci­dents his of­fice wants to ad­dress. — @nqot­shili

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