ONE’S key re­sult area as a Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment is not only to be vis­i­ble, but be­ing ac­tively in­volved in com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment.

The Manica Post - - Front Page - Ray Bande Se­nior Re­porter

THIS is what Chipinge South MP Cde Enock Porusingazi (Zanu-PF) has tried to do since be­ing elected into of­fice in 2013.

Vil­lagers in Chipinge South feel Cde Porusingazi has achieved more that they had an­tic­i­pated in largely arid con­stituency.

Chief Garahwa, born To­bias Hl­iziyo, said Cde Porusingazi played the role of true fa­ther to the Chipinge South com­mu­nity by in­ter­ven­ing in times of need and in in­fras­truc­tural de­vel­op­ment.

“The ev­i­dence is on the ground for all to see what Cde Porusingazi did a ster­ling job. We are not talk­ing about fic­ti­tious, but tan­gi­ble de­vel­op­ment. The roads in this area are in good shape and at times he uses per­sonal re­sources.

“Cde Porusingazi also pro­vided trans­port to ferry sup­ple­men­tary feeds for school chil­dren around the con­stituency. This is the rea­son we voted for him and he did not let us down,” said the tra­di­tional leader.

Mrs Mavis Mh­langa, of Ward 28, Mab­eye vil­lage com­mended the work done by Cde Porusingazi say­ing he as­sisted many at per­sonal level.

“Peo­ple ob­vi­ously have dif­fer­ent ex­pec­ta­tions, but the com­mu­nity I come from is im­pressed by what Cde Porusingazi did. We had his ear. He is ap­proach­able. He would in­ter­vene to solve even per­sonal prob­lems and this is what we ex­pect from our MP. He would move around the con­stituency, meet­ing, in­ter­act­ing and talk­ing to vil­lagers in sim­ple lan­guage,” she said.

Ward 26 (Matikwa area)’s Clr Misheck Bu­san­ga­vanye said Cde Porusingazi helped in the con­struc­tion of class­room blocks at dif­fer­ent schools in the con­stituency.

“Cde Porusingazi helped dif­fer­ent schools in the con­struc­tion of class­room blocks. In some cases he pro­vided the build­ing ma­te­ri­als while in oth­ers he went out of the way to fi­nance the con­struc­tion of school in­fra­struc­ture with his funds,” he said.

Mr Thu­lani Semwayo, of Checheche Town­ship said Cde Porusingazi was vo­cal in de­vel­op­men­tal ini­tia­tives around the Lowveld, es­pe­cially at Checheche.

“He was very vo­cal about de­vel­op­men­tal is­sues in the Lowveld, es­pe­cially Checheche Town­ship. He lob­bied ex­ten­sively for the up­grad­ing of Checheche into a town. We are with the level of in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment at Checheche,” he said.

Mrs Nomsa Makhuyana, also of Chcheche said Cde Porusingazi also lob­bied ex­ten­sively for the re­seal­ing of the Tan­ganda-Ngundi high­way.

Re­fur­bish­ment of the pot­hole-in­fested road is in progress.

The road was had de­gen­er­ated into an atro­cious state and it resur­fac­ing has come as a huge re­lief to the mo­tor­ing public.

“Every­one was com­plain­ing about the road and Cde Porusingazi did jus­tice by lis­ten­ing to our griev­ances and pre­sent­ing them in par­lia­ment.

We re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate his ef­forts, along­side oth­ers, to get the road resur­faced. The road had be­come a dis­as­ter, yet it was our only links to Mutare.

How­ever, the MP has an equal mea­sure of de­trac­tors who ar­gued he could have done bet­ter.

Mr Irikidzai Dh­li­wayo, of Checheche said Cde Porusingazi fell short of the ex­pec­ta­tions as he did lit­tle to de­velop the area.

“We have some ar­eas that were bet­ter off that they are now in terms of roads and in­fra­struc­ture. Be­ing a busi­ness­man that he is we ex­pected him to move in and as­sist in the re­pair­ing roads and im­prove so­cial in­fra­struc­ture in our com­mu­ni­ties.

He did noth­ing ex­cept fa­cil­i­tat­ing trans­porta­tion of sup­ple­men­tary feeds to schools around the con­stituency,” he said.

Mrs Sarah Mwain­geni, of Checheche said the re­fur­bish­ment of Tan­ganda-Ngundu high­way should not be at­trib­uted to an in­di­vid­ual.

“Yes he was very vo­cal about the Tan­ganda-Ngundu high­way, but he was not a lone voice. Many other play­ers did so. It was a col­lec­tive ef­fort though we can­not com­pletely steal the gloss from him as the MP,” she said.

Cde Porusingazi said he spear­headed nu­mer­ous de­vel­op­men­tal ini­tia­tives in the con­stituency.

These in­clude re­sus­ci­ta­tion of var­i­ous ir­ri­ga­tion schemes to aug­ment liveli­hoods in the vastly arid Chipinge South area.

“I have done my best to meet the peo­ple’s ex­pec­ta­tions in Chipinge South. I have used per­sonal re­sources to help in ar­eas of need be­cause as a leader I can­not wait for Govern­ment in­ter­ven­tion where I could in­ter­vene as an in­di­vid­ual.

It is not the duty of the MP to fork out own money to de­velop an area, but I had to do it as a leader. A leader can­not just stand aloof when things get out of hand as peo­ple ex­pect solutions to chal­lenges.

“Govern­ment is over­bur­dened and I had to in­ter­vene in ar­eas of ed­u­ca­tion, agri­cul­ture, public health and gen­der par­ity.

“I made sure that I pro­vide trans­port to ferry sup­ple­men­tary feeds to dif­fer­ent schools dot­ted around the con­stituency. One should note that these schools are lo­cated in ar­eas dis­tant from the Grain Mar­ket­ing Board,” he said.

On his ad­vo­cacy role of as par­lia­men­tar­ian, Cde Porusingazi said: “I was vo­cal on is­sues re­lated to fair pric­ing of cot­ton pro­duce as you are aware that Chipinge South is the hub of cot­ton pro­duc­tion in the coun­try.

I have been very vo­cal about the need to re­pair Tan­ganda-Ngundu high­way and I am happy work has al­ready started. By next week the loop should be re­sealed upto Checheche Town­ship.

“I have also as­sisted a num­ber of schools around the con­stituency with build­ing ma­te­rial and in some cases met all costs of con­struct­ing class­room blocks. Schools I have as­sisted are Checheche High, Chisuma Pri­mary, Ma­hachi Pri­mary in Ward 24 and Chinya­muk­wakwa Sec­ondary, among oth­ers”.

The MP also fa­cil­i­tated elec­tri­fi­ca­tion of school, clin­ics, busi­ness cen­tres and ru­ral home­steads in the con­stituency.

“We have man­aged through the ru­ral elec­tri­fi­ca­tion pro­gramme to light up Mab­eye Clinic, Mab­eye Pri­mary School, Garahwa Pri­mary School and sev­eral busi­ness cen­tres and home­steads. Next month we will be com­mis­sion­ing elec­tric­ity at Makoho Pri­mary School,” said Cdee Porusingazi.

He also as­sisted churches with con­struc­tion ma­te­rial and fund­ing.

Cde Porusingazi also as­sisted women in his con­stituency with self help projects such as the chicken rear­ing projects. The MP has also been fund­ing a funeral as­sis­tance pol­icy for all tra­di­tional lead­ers in the con­stituency.

◆ We give Cde Porusingazi a 7.5/10 rat­ing.

Cde Porusingazi

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