The member of House of Assembly for Bubi in Matabeleland North, Clifford Sibanda, said the $50 000 Constituency Development Fund (CDF) was too little considering what was expected out of the funds.
Speaking at the presentation of furniture by Duration Gold Mining Company at Emhlabathini Primary School in Bubi, Sibanda said the constituency had eight resettlement schools which needed to be rehabilitated.
“The current $50 000 CDF money is too little,” said Sibanda. “We have been told that in the next financial year it will be increased to $60 000, which is still too little. I just feel the money should be increased further to enable us to cover a lot of ground.
“In Bubi we have since submitted our papers to Treasury on how we spent the money and we are good candidates for the next allocation. In the next allocation we will make sure that another classroom block and a teachers’ cottage with three rooms are constructed here.”
The MP bemoaned failure by some foreign-owned companies operating in the constituency which reportedly promised to build a school and a clinic, but allegedly disappeared without fulfilling their promises. “It is sad that they have since disappeared,” he said.
“I went as far as asking Vice-President John Nkomo to assist in influencing them to come and fulfil their promises.