…bans former MP Chakona from getting involved
Zaka Central Member of Parliament (MP), Davison Svuure has instructed Ward 8 councillor Tererai Tererai to stop working with former MP Paradzai Chakona for the completion of the Four Miles Clinic project.
Svuure is not happy that the ward councillor has a close working relationship with Chakona who reportedly is still directing how building materials he bought using the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) when he was still MP are used.
TellZim News saw a letter written by Svuure to Tererai, instructing him to stop receiving building materials from the former MP, claiming there were suspicions that the materials were being irregularly taken from other wards.
In the letter, which was copied to Zaka district President’s Office and the Zanu PF district office among others, Svuure accuses Tererai of denigrating him at meetings convened without the knowledge of the MP.
“It has been noted with concern that you have been holding unsanctioned meetings and making pronouncements that do not correctly represent the state of things in the ward, particularly around the construction of the clinic and the Gwangwava – Mbuyamaswa gravel road, you also have been quoted to have made pronouncements that seem to denigrate and undermine the office of the MP during these meeting (sic).
“May I, by way of this note instruct you to stop receiving or handing over for use, any item/s that you may so far have received from the former Zaka Central MP Mr P Chakona recently until investigations around the same items are concluded. These include cement and other building materials, which are suspected to have been a relocation or diversion of items originally intended for other wards,” reads part of the letter.
Svuure confirmed sending the letter to Tererai but said he could not further discuss the matter as he was in a meeting.
“I am a bit busy now. I am in a meeting but you can get more details from the person who showed you the letter as I have tried to explain myself clearly in that letter,” said Svuure.
Efforts to get Tererai’s side of the story was futile as his mobile phone went unanswered on several times.
In the letter, Svuure also orders Terera to consult the MP when doing bigger projects in the ward so that they could work together.
“You are also asked to consult with the MP on issues to with projects of this magnitude in the spirit of unity and oneness as we seek to fulfil the mandate that we were both given by the people of Ward 8 and indeed by our party Zanu (PF),” the letter reads.
Some sources said Chakona failed to deliver building materials bought by the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) and was now diverting everything towards Four Miles Clinic.
When contacted for comment Chakona, however, rejected the allegations, saying he used the CDF money to buy the required materials, adding that it was now up to the current MP and the CDF committee to decide how and where the materials should now be used.
“I am no longer MP so where do I get the power do decide where those materials are used? I played my part and he (Svuure) is supposed to carry forward the work and complete the projects for the good of the people of Zaka Central. If he fails, then it’s his own case,” said Chakona.