Whinsley Masara Chronicle Reporter
BARELY five days after being sworn in, newly elected Zanu-PF Luveve legislator Cde Ntandoyenkosi Mlilo has started easing the burden on underprivileged members of his constituency.

Cde Mlilo yesterday donated 3,9 tonnes of rice to vulnerable people in the constituency.

He said the donations were a launch pad for bigger self empowerment projects as espoused in the Zanu-PF manifesto.

The youthful MP gave 200kg of rice to Entembeni Old People’s Home, 50kg of beef and a box of washing soap to Thembiso Children’s home, and said the remaining 3,5 tonnes of rice would be distributed to the less privileged in his constituency’s wards 15, 16 and 28.

“Considering it’s winter and people get hungry quickly, I thought of giving to the needy children as they’re our future,” he said at Thembiso Children’s home.

“I would very much like to partner with children. For them to become better people of tomorrow they need to be groomed in a comfortable atmosphere.”

Cde Mlilo said he decided to give to the elderly because, “I believe they are our roots, we come from them and therefore have to remember them always.”

“I usually remember them by providing them with entertainment during weekends,” he said.

Bulawayo dance group, ‘Iluba Lemvelo introduced Cde Mlilo to the old people’s home.

The group often stages free performances at the home.

Cde Mlilo said Zanu-PF would create development committees in the three wards as part of efforts to empower residents.

“The committee shall go round gathering the needs and challenges of the community, as well as pointing out all the places and sectors which need development.

“It’s the party’s wish to incorporate all sectors such as churches, business people and schools in the formation of development committees so that everyone is represented and their needs and suggestions come to my attention as soon as possible,” he said.

“Of course, the number one priority will be developing health, roads and education as they are the crucial sectors in all communities.”

He told the Chronicle that he had received complaints from residents in his constituency who were unhappy about the recently launched police patrols in Cowdray Park.

Cde Mlilo said residents told him that police officers were harassing and beating them up for no reason.

“I’m well aware of the communities’ grievances and have approached the police about it. I would like the people to understand that this operation is meant to help them,” he said.

“However, if anyone gets beaten up, they should go to a police station and make a report. No one is above the law and so if harassed for no reason, report the matter”.

Cde Mlilo said the police were an integral part of a healthy crime free constituency

“I say to you lets support the police because they are out there to help us,” he said.

The Superintendent of Thembiso Children’s Home, Busiso Maphala said he was thankful for the donation.

“We’re so thankful to the almighty and the MP for remembering the less privileged. We’re facing a lot of challenges but when we receive such goods the challenge gets partially solved. This marks a new partnership and we owe it to him, “said Maphala.

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