Auxilia Katongomara Chronicle Reporter
VICE President Phelekezela Mphoko yesterday fulfilled his pre-election promise to donate sewing machines to women’s projects in Mzilikazi. The machines will be given to women’s groups in the suburb on a rotational basis for six months. VP Mphoko said contrary to media reports that Zanu-PF had embarked on a number of projects in the country as part of vote buying ahead of the June 10 by-elections, the ruling party has over the years been working on empowering indigenous Zimbabweans.
“We’re not buying votes, we’re assisting Bulawayo to develop. There are people who had been writing in the private media that Zanu-PF is buying votes. This isn’t true,” said VP Mphoko.
“We’ve a number of projects that we promised to fund during the pre-election period and we’re fulfilling those promises. We’re a party with the people at heart.”
He donated embroidery and overlocking machines to Zamazama project, a 10-member women’s group which had been struggling sustain their project.
The donation came after the VP’s pledge during the campaign period ahead of a by-election in Makokoba constituency on Wednesday, won by Zanu-PF representative Retired Colonel Tshinga Dube .
VP Mphoko said the machines would be loaned out to the group for six months.
“We’re giving you these machines for a grace period of six months; thereafter we must give others for six months and so on. These machines must assist you to get on your feet then you also support other groups in the constituency as well,” he said.
He urged Zamazama project to work hard and pray for success.
“Money comes from God through prayer and hard work. We must always kneel down and pray to God for success, we must also avoid being envious and jealous like Satan who became envious and was thrown down from heaven,” said VP Mphoko.
He said the government was working on supporting indigenous business people in the country.
Speaking at the same occasion Minister of State for Bulawayo Province, Nomthandazo Eunice Moyo commended the Vice President for the donation.
“Vice President Mphoko is different from other Vice Presidents we’ve had in this country. He’s a hard worker, he doesn’t care even if there are three people, he comes to address them , he’s working hard not only to build Bulawayo but Zimbabwe as well,” said Cde Moyo. “He is a staunch Christian who believes that all things can happen through prayer, he has done a lot of projects not only in Makokoba but other constituencies as well.”
The colourful event was attended by Zanu-PF central committee members, Bulawayo provincial chairman, Dennis Ndlovu, Cdes Angeline Masuku, Edwin Ngwenya, Luveve constituency Member of Parliament elect Ntandoyenkosi Mlilo, provincial members and residents.
Last week, VP Mnangagwa fulfilled a pledge he made to donate $5,000 for the development of Mbiriya School in Tsholotsho.