By Brighton Chiseva
Masvingo South Member of Parliament (MP) Claudious Maronge has invested some of the money disbursed to the constituency through the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) in the construction of Mavizhu Clinic.
Plans for the clinic were finalised in 2016 between the community leaders and Ward 23 Councillor Tichaona Machingambi who moved the motion in Masvingo Rural District Council (RDC).
After the motion was approved, the site plan and pegging was done in the same year, with local people raising money through contributions but it was not enough to take the project off the ground.
Machingambi told TellZim News that he was glad that Maronge had actively taken interest in the planned project and worked hard to make it happen.
“When MP Maronge was elected in 2018, we briefed him on this stalled project and he took keen interest. When the CDF allocations became available, we agreed that priority must be given to to construction of the clinic,” said Machingambi.
He said the CDF disbursement was used to buy 720 bags of cement, 129 roofing iron sheets, 30 roof trusses, 21 doors and door frames, 27 window frames and window panes and a 6kg packet of nails.
“We had no money for labour and the community provided pit and river sand as well as stones. Our MP chipped in by paying the bricklayers and when we got our ‘plough-back’ funds from council, we bought more materials,” said Machingambi
On his own part, Maronge said he identified the most critical areas that needed urgent attention in all wards, and it was decided that the clinic was the most pertinent project as it will provide a service to 10 000 households once completed.
“When I came in, I decided to do work on the project using the CDF after the community indicated that it was their greatest priority. People travel long distances for basic health services but that will now be, greatly reduced,” said Maronge.
Construction of the eight-bed clinic has been completed while registration processes with the Ministry of Health and Child Care are yet to be done.
Villager head George Mutombodzi said his community was happy with the project which he said was of great effect to the improvement of living conditions.
“It will be useful to all people more especially pregnant women who did not have a place to undergo regular check-ups close by. This clinic shows what can be achieved if local people work in harmony with their leadership,” said Mutombodzi.
Some of the CDF was also used to build a staff house at Guwa Clinic in Ward 24 where Maronge used his own money to pay skilled labour, with villagers volunteering to provide water and sand.
At Musvovi Clinic in Ward 26, Maronge used CDF to repair the clinic’s roof that was blown away by hailstorm last year.
He also facilitated for the construction of another clinic at Chisase business centre in Ward 30. The clinic project was made possible partly through funding from government’s yearly allocations under the devolution programme.
Chisase Clinic handles 100 patients per day from some approximately 25 000 households in Masvingo, Chivi and Chiredzi districts.