Umguza MP Obert Mpofu has accused non-governmental organisations (NGOs) of being partisan and not carrying out their projects in Zanu PF-led constituencies to “force regime change”.
Mpofu, who is sponsoring the drilling of 21 boreholes to ease water woes in his constituency, on Monday told NewsDay NGOs operating in the region were shying away from Zanu PF strongholds.
“We are in the process of drilling 21 boreholes in the constituency. So far we have drilled 15 and our goal is to drill boreholes in all the 19 wards,” he said.
“We have people who were resettled during the land reform programme and some have to travel for more than 10km to get water so we want to end that.”
Mpofu said surrounding villagers would also use the boreholes to water their community gardens.
“That would help towards boosting their livelihoods and promote self-reliance and move away from looking forward for assistance from NGOs. Their (NGOs) assistance always comes with conditions.
“They ignore Zanu PF strongholds like Umguza and Beitbridge because their agenda is to distribute their foreign-acquired funds to push for regime change.”
Mpofu said the borehole project launched last month was expected to be completed at the end of this month.
“The project is in two phases. The first one is to sink boreholes and the next is to install the equipment to enable the villagers to draw water,” he said.
“The money used to fund this project is from our own funds and not the Constituency Development Fund (CDF).
“The CDF was given to the Umguza Rural District Council which has since used the money to fund their projects.”
Mpofu recently donated seed and blankets in his constituency in what some have dismissed as a campaign gimmick.
But, Mpofu has reportedly challenged those accusing him of electioneering to counter his initiative with better development programmes.