By Ransom Mandhlazi
ZANU PF Nyanga North Member of Parliament Cde Chido Sanyatwe said through the people-oriented programs which the Government is undertaking, socio-economic and developmental challenges bedevilling the drought-prone and marginalised constituency were now thing of the past.
Cde Sanyatwe, who is wife to Brigadier-General Anselem Sanyatwe romp to victory as she overcome the challenge of MDC-Alliance’s Mr Chenjerai Solomon Matoro, Mr Maxwell Kapomba of the People’s Rainbow Coalition, Mr Bruce Blessing Kicheni, Mr Lovemore Chibvura of National Patriotic Front and Mr Sarudzai Chatsanga, an independent candidate.
Cde Sanyatwe, made history by becoming the first female legislator for the drought-prone constituency since the country’s independence in 1980, played critical role to improve livelihoods through self-sustenance projects such as poultry production.
“The constituency falls in natural region five and there was urgent need of boreholes and irrigation facilities. Some other needs include drinking water facilities, education, health, sanitation, irrigation and agriculture; special interests such as youth, women and people with disabilities; access to justice, security, gender; roads and transport; land, culture and sports; environment; mining and business, however we have managed to address most of the issues.
The constituency is endowed with natural resources such as asbestos and gold which can benefit the villagers if harnessed accountably.
“After realising that the constituency has limited sources of water, and villagers were getting water from open sources, thereby exposing themselves to water borne diseases, we came up with a programme to repair dysfunctional boreholes and drill new ones.
“Villagers here depend on livestock but some of the cattle have been dying because they would travel for long distances to find drinking water and pastures.
We alleviated the crisis by constructing a state-of-art dip tank which is benefiting scores of villagers in Ward 9,” she added.
After being touched by the sorry plight of pregnant mothers who would travel long distances to acquire health services, particularly during labour, Cde Sanyatwe constructed a mothers’ shelter in Ward 9.