MUTARE- Zanu PF central committee member and also Dangamvura-Chikanga constituency shadow Member of Parliament (MP) Esau Mupfumi has donated football and netball kits to teams in various wards of the constituency.
The kits, valued at US$8 000, have been donated as a way to ensure that the youth would participate in sports during their free time and shun drug abuse and criminal activities.
Mupfumi also called on the City of Mutare to remove illegal vendors whom he said have taken over the sporting facilities.
“The youth should be kept busy and shun criminal activities as well as drug abuse. We want all the sporting facilities to be upgraded by the local authority so that the local clubs can have a place to train and have tournaments.
“It is very imperative for people to engage in sports activities as they ensure good health, promotes sustainable development, entertainment and unity within communities,’’ said Mupfumi.
City of Mutare has since allowed vendors to operate at Dangamvura grounds and Chikanga sports fields also known as Harlem.
Dr Mupfumi is facilitating sporting events in all wards of Chikanga-Dangamvura constituency which will be held every Sundays.
Dangamvura-Chikanga selective team coach, John Munhenga, said he was happy with the generous gesture and called on all teams to take advantage of the donation to foster competition and scout for talent.
“We are extremely grateful to Dr Mupfumi for empowering youths by donating sport kits. As youths we are looking forward to be assisted in business projects that improves our livelihood,” said Munhenga.
Mupfumi, who lost to MDC Alliance candidate Proper Mutseyami in the 2018 parliamentary elections, is said to be challenging for the seat again in the forthcoming by-elections after the recall of Mutseyami.