The MDC Alliance (MDC-A) Youth Assembly has slammed the ZANU PF-dominated Gutu Rural District for blocking opposition party leader Nelson Chamisa from building a boarding school and a hospital in his home area in Ward 23 in Chiwara, Gutu.
MDC-A Youth Assembly spokesperson Stephen Sarkozy Chuma criticised the ruling party’s “stone age mentality”, saying it was high time they have to question ZANU PF’s penchant for normalising the abnormal. Said Chuma:
Disturbing reports that the ZANU PF-run Gutu Rural District Council shot down a noble proposal by MDC Alliance President, Nelson Chamisa to build a state of the art boarding school and a hospital in his rural home must be condemned in strongest terms by all rightful thinking citizens.
In this 4th Industrial Revolution era when other countries are bridging the gap between rural and urban areas, it will be folly for us to allow the barren ZANU PF Stone Age mentality to take centre stage at the expense of the development of our rural areas.
This follows reports that Gutu RDC chairperson, Nicholas Zambara, a ZANU PF functionary and retired teacher, claimed that villagers in Chiwara had rejected the idea of the school and hospital during a full council meeting held last Thursday.
This is despite the fact that Gutu South has just 10 secondary schools and one boarding (Mukaro High) and the majority of children in the constituency walk 17km to school every day while the sick have to travel to Masvingo for medical care.