Mataranyika gives back:

The Manica Post - - Front Page - Love­more Kadzura Post Cor­re­spon­dent

HARARE based busi­ness­man and cor­po­rate lawyer, Mr Misheck Mataranyika has pledged to play a piv­otal and lead­ing role in the de­vel­op­ment of his Makoni South home area.

The area has been lag­ging be­hind de­spite its vast po­ten­tial to de­velop.

Mr Mataranyika who hails from Ruk­weza area said he did not hes­i­tate to re­spond to the grow­ing calls from the peo­ple of his home area for him to come and part­ner them in the de­vel­op­ment of Makoni South. The soft spo­ken Mataranyika who is into fu­neral as­sur­ance sec­tor has al­ready hit the ground run­ning in the area car­ry­ing out tan­gi­ble, rel­e­vant and sus­tain­able devel­op­men­tal projects in the con­stituency.

He set the ball rolling by avail­ing re­sources for re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the road net­works, build­ing of clin­ics, class­room blocks and pro­vid­ing learn­ing ma­te­ri­als among other es­sen­tials. The com­mu­nity is fully be­hind his en­deav­ours to de­velop the con­stituency and es­sen­tially co-op­er­at­ing with Mr Mataranyika.

In an in­ter­view with The Man­ica Post, Mr Mataranyika said he was a de­vel­op­ment ori­ented per­son who was go­ing to ac­ti­vate his vast es­tab­lished net­works and syn­er­gies to push for the phys­i­cal de­vel­op­ment of the un­der­de­vel­oped con­stituency.

“I was ap­proached by the tra­di­tional and po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship and the gen­er­al­ity of the peo­ple of Makoni South con­stituency to come back home and part­ner them for the de­vel­op­ment of this area. I was so hum­bled by this ges­ture and I did not hes­i­tate to re­spond pos­i­tively to the call.

“I will work hand in glove with the com­mu­nity in ad­dress­ing the chal­lenges they are fac­ing. My role is to be the link be­tween the com­mu­nity and Gov­ern­ment de­part­ments and devel­op­men­tal agen­cies. I will also cap­i­talise on my es­tab­lished net­works and syn­er­gies for the de­vel­op­ment of this area.

“Their main worry is that the area has been ne­glected for too long with­out any mean­ing­ful de­vel­op­ment. The roads are in a de­plorable state; some are vir­tu­ally im­pass­able. Even the Nyazura-Mu­ram­binda high­way is full of dan­ger­ous pot­holes.

“We have al­ready se­cured a mo­torised grader that has be­gun work in Mukamba and it will go to other ar­eas. Some com­mu­nity mem­bers have pledged to chip in with fuel and that is very en­cour­ag­ing,” he said.

Mr Mataranyika added that they had mo­bilised re­sources for the com­ple­tion of Nzvimbe Clinic and work had al­ready com­menced. The clinic has been un­der con­struc­tion for many years with­out be­ing com­pleted. He said they were also go­ing to re­ha­bil­i­tate bore­holes in the con­stituency and had started with Groob Springs Clinic bore­hole.

“So far we have handed over 1 000 ex­er­cise books to each of th­ese schools Groob Springs, Quagga Kloof, Nzvimbe and Mukamba. We have also given each school 100 chicks and feed to sup­port the schools’ feed­ing pro­gramme and in­come gen­er­at­ing projects.

“This is just the be­gin­ning - we are go­ing to do more as the com­mu­nity is still dis­cov­er­ing more crit­i­cal ar­eas that re­quire ur­gent at­ten­tion,” said Mr Mataranyika.

Ward 17 coun­cil­lor, Cde James Sanyan­gore said they were happy with the work that was be­ing done by Mr Mataranyika and said they would closely work with him so that they can get the best out of his gen­eros­ity.

“We are very glad to have a per­son like Mr Mataranyika whom we ap­proached and he re­sponded pos­i­tively. Now it’s time to work with this pro­gres­sive man to achieve de­vel­op­ment in this area. Makoni South is lag­ging be­hind in terms of de­vel­op­ment but with the emer­gency of a de­vel­op­ment ori­ented per­son like him I think we are now on the right track to achieve our goals,” said Cde Sanyan­gore.

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