MP slams spine­less Mat’land po­lit­i­cal lead­ers

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Mashudu Net­sianda Se­nior Re­porter

ZANU-PF MP for Mpopoma-Pe­land­aba Cde Joseph Tshuma yes­ter­day slammed po­lit­i­cal lead­ers in Mata­bele­land for lack­ing guts to speak out on im­por­tant is­sues af­fect­ing the re­gion.

Cde Tshuma made the re­marks dur­ing the dis­tri­bu­tion of an ad­di­tional 3 000 day-old chicks to res­i­dents in his con­stituency.

The chicks were do­nated by Vi­cePres­i­dent Phelekezela Mphoko and were handed over to the ben­e­fi­cia­ries by his wife Mrs Lau­rinda Mphoko.

Cde Tshuma said the si­lence by po­lit­i­cal lead­ers in the re­gion on is­sues af­fect­ing Mata­bele­land con­trib­uted to its eco­nomic woes.

“We have lead­ers in Mata­bele­land who can­not ar­tic­u­late the chal­lenges faced by their peo­ple. Mata­bele­land is marginalised largely be­cause as lead­ers in the re­gion we are ac­tu­ally fail­ing to high­light prob­lems in the re­gion. How do you ex­pect Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe who is the ap­point­ing author­ity to know all the chal­lenges fac­ing us if they are not brought to his at­ten­tion?” he asked.

Cde Tshuma urged lead­ers in Mata­bele­land to em­u­late VP Mphoko who is spear­head­ing de­vel­op­ment in the re­gion.

“VP Mphoko has come up with sev­eral projects to em­power peo­ple and we ought to take a leaf from that. It is in­cum­bent upon us as lead­ers to make noise about th­ese chal­lenges be­cause as lead­ers we should thrive to al­le­vi­ate poverty,” he said.

VP Mphoko un­veiled the poul­try project three months ago. The pro­gramme which is an­chored on the coun­try’s eco­nomic blue­print, ZimAs­set, seeks to em­power com­mu­ni­ties through util­is­ing lo­cal re­sources.

“We as MPs in­ter­act with min­is­ters in Par­lia­ment and we need to ap­proach them and tell them about our pro­grammes and chal­lenges,’ he said.

VP Mphoko will next Sun­day do­nate an­other batch of chicks to res­i­dents in the same con­stituency. The chicks were sourced from com­mer­cial farmer Mr Peter Cun­ning­ham who owns Maleme Farm in Ma­tobo. — @ mash­nets

Cde Joseph Tshuma

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