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MDC-T monitors elected officials

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The MDC-T has said it is closely monitoring the performance of all its Bulawayo MPs, senators and councillors to ensure sound service delivery.

MDC-T provincial spokesman Mandla Sibanda told NewsDay yesterday elected members of the party were obliged to visit their constituencies regularly to update the electorate on issues discussed in Parliament for them to keep abreast with issues concerning them.

The move comes in the wake of complaints by residents that most of the MPs and councillors who were being elected since independence, had failed to deliver hence the region remained underdeveloped.

The MDC-T controls all 12 House of Assembly seats in the city, six of the seven Senate seats and 26 of the 29 councillors constituting Bulawayo City Council.

The Welshman Ncube-led MDC formation has one senator (David Coltart) and three councillors.

As part of the monitoring exercise, the party’s Bulawayo provincial executive attended the Wednesday full council meeting to monitor how their elected members debated issues.

“In efforts to establish how effective our councillors are in the Bulawayo City Council operations, we attended the full council meeting to hear how they were contributing to the development of the city on behalf of the electorate,” said Sibanda.

“What is left is for them to go down with that kind of information to their electorate to update them. The councillors could openly talk on developmental issues to a wider extent and it was really good.”

He said it was important for the MDC-T to ensure its elected members delivered what they promised to the electorate during the campaign period.

Sibanda said the party would make public its findings under the leadership-monitoring exercise.

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