Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has castigated MPs who abused the Constituency Development Funds (CDF) and proposed that those who fully account for the fund should be given more money.
Tsvangirai was speaking on Wednesday after touring a toilet block built at Ncumbane Secondary School in Bulawayo’s Nkulumane constituency using money from the CDF.
The Member of the House of Assembly for the area is Thamsanqa Mahlangu of MDC-T.
“What has emerged from CDF is a tale of two people,” Tsvangirai said.
“One who is considerate and puts the funds to intended use and another who is selfish and uses money meant to benefit people for his personal means.
“That is not your money, but public funds. If you abuse $50 000 then what will happen if you were given millions.
“I think those MPs who account for their CDF must be given more money than those who do not account for it.”
Tsvangirai also said there was need to build more schools in the country to reduce the teacher-to-pupil ratio.
He pledged to engage Education, Sport, Arts and Culture minister David Coltart on the need to speedily complete the school.
Mahlangu said the greater part of the CDF was put towards construction of the toilet block to improve hygiene at the school, which currently has one classroom block.
“The pupils are not based here, they have to travel to Nketa, a neighbouring constituency which acts as their annex,” he said.
“It is our wish to speedily complete the school so that children do not have to travel long distances.”