Buhera West, Eric Matinenga MDC-T
The constituency consists of eight wards. Members of the community seem to know and interact with their MP regularly. They said Matingenga spearheaded a lot of projects which benefited the constituency.
What people said about their MP
I am not a politician, but I know the MP very much because he regularly visits the constituency. At Ndongwe Primary School there was no classroom block, but now there are two blocks that he has helped build. He gave funds to women so that they could start gardening projects which have benefited a lot of people.
He has announced his retirement, but the truth is his departure will leave a gap that will be difficult for anyone to fill because he has spearheaded a lot of projects in the constituency which include funding the youths farming projects.
The youths were also given lessons on farming since this is a drought-prone area.
There are a lot of developmental projects that he spearheaded at schools. Classroom blocks are being built at most schools.
He is doing well to develop the constituency and I think he is one of the MPs in Buhera who has managed to utilise money awarded by the government to the constituencies.
In whatever he does, there is accountability in it. He teaches youths a lot and we are sad the gap he will leave will be difficult to fill. Buhera had always been viewed as a backward constituency.
I am not a politician, but what I know is Matinenga visits the constituency regulary despite being busy, trying to deal with those who failed to give a proper account for the constituency develpoment fund. Matinenga has done a lot to educate people in the constituency about HIV and Aids. For example, last year he launched a programme dubbed Kick Aids out of Buhera in which everyone benefited.
Response from the MP
A lot has been done. I want to thank people who have been with me in conducting the following projects that I am going to mention.
I first donated sports kits to each and every school that is in the constituency and this was out of the Constituency Development Fund.
I launched the Buhera West Development Library where each school will get a library and so far 30 schools have benefited and also with the help of the University of Zimbabwe and Book Aid International, we have furnished these school libraries. This Friday we will be dealing with the next 20 schools.
In most satellite schools such as
Murairwa, Gokoro, Chimodhoro and Makwiramiti, we have constructed 12 houses for staff and each has 12 rooms and this was through the help of the community.
At Jaggers, I donated gardening equipment for women and last year we had a long soccer and netball competition with the help of United States embassy under the banner Kicking Aids out of Buhera which took almost the whole year.
As of now we are strategising on how to embark on a programme to help those old people who are in the constituency and to ensure more schools get classroom blocks and staff houses.