(Last Updated on November 29, 2020 by Editor)
GUTU – Nelson Chamisa’s attempt to build a hospital and a boarding school in his home area has been met with stiff opposition from Gutu Rural District Council led by Nicholas Zaramba.
Zaramba claimed that villagers had rejected the idea.
This is despite the fact that children in the constituency walk long distances to get to school. Some walk as long as 17km just to get to school which means they have to leave home very early and only come back as late as 8pm.
The area has 10 Secondary schools and one boarding (High) school with the other boarding school close by, Sandon Academy owned by Zanu-Pf national secretary for security, Lovemore Matuke.
Gutu South has no referral hospitals close by and villagers are forced to travel 70km to Masvingo.
Reports are that a fistfight almost broke out during Thursday’s full council meeting when Zambara made the claims that villagers refused the idea of the projects. He was also supported by the Acting District Development Coordinator, Chiedza Tafirei.
It is further claimed that Zambara threatened to remove Ward 33 Councillor, Bernard Chimwango who was in support of the project.
However, some councillors called out Zambara and accused him of prioritizing Zanu-Pf politics over the people he is meant to serve.
The matter was forced back to the Road Works and Planning Committee and is expected to be brought back in the next full council meeting.
Many Zanu-Pf run rural district councils have refused development on the basis of the political party the sponsor belongs to.