The Speaker of Parliament, Advocate Jacob Mudenda has urged the citizenry to vote out legislators who did not apply for the Community Development Fund (CDF).
Advocate Mudenda revealed that each Member of Parliament (MP) was entitled to receiving $185 000 to kick-start developmental projects in their constituencies.
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He reported that 91 Zanu PF MPs and a total of about 50 MDC MPs have not applied for CDF when communities are in dire need of development. He said:
This is a sham. They could fix a borehole, complete a classroom block or build a clinic with this money.
The uptake is very low, and I am personally not happy…there are some MPs who are generally lazy. You as the people who wield power should take them to task.
When we go to the next elections, remove this type of MPs who don’t want to take up CDF monies.
Some MPs have previously been accused of abusing the fund by using it to manipulate voters into voting for them while a few have managed to account for the money allocated to their constituencies.
The electorate has often lamented over seasonal politicians who appear and reappear during election periods when they want to campaign for the retention of their positions.