MP for Kwekwe Central (NPF) Masango “Blackman” Matambanadzo told Parliament on Thursday that the disbursement of Community Development Fund (CDF) was long overdue.
Matambanadzo alluded to his rich dark skin and the fact that his formal education ended at Grade 2 level. Said Matambanadzo:
I rise to seek clarity in terms of the CDF that we were supposed to have received at the time when Parliament went on recess in December last year. Maybe I missed something because we have not as yet received that money.
When we came back for this particular sitting, we were told that the funds were in the bank and applications should be submitted timeously. We submitted our papers and every time we go to check in the bank to see if any deposit has been made, there is nothing.
The explanation we got is that the ministry of Finance took the CDFs allocated to Parliament back. So, it looks like I am now lying to my constituency. I have never lied to my people in the constituency before and I should not start doing so now.
As you see me standing here, I am not very educated, I only went up to Grade 2 and to add onto that, I am very dark such that they nicknamed me ‘black man’.
I have risen to explain my dismay on the CDF issue and now I am playing hide and seek with the people who come to make enquiries about the CDFs.
House Speaker Jacob Mudenda assured parliamentarians that he will follow up on the matter and engage the Minister for Finance and Economic Development Mthuli Ncube on his return from an overseas trip.