MP missing in action: Residents
…see you in July, says Nyokanhete
Masvingo residents said their local Member of Parliament, Jacob Nyokanhete, (MDC) has been missing in action since his appointment, accusing him of neglecting them in the wake of a myriad of challenges.
The residents said they are currently facing challenges and would want their MP to be there with them in their time of need.
“We are currently facing acute water shortages and power challenges. We are drinking unsafe borehole water which is unfit for human consumption but in all these challenges, our MP is nowhere to be found,” Edward Shiri, one of the residents said.
“We should not been experiencing some water shortages taking into consideration that we know have two big dams, Lake Mutirikwi and Tugwi-Mukosi. We have not heard our MP talking about important issue in Parliament or coming here to explain to us what he is doing to help.”
He said the city was sitting on a health time bomb due to the crisis.
Other residents said they did not even know their MP.
“Truly speaking, I don’t even know our MP. He is just not visible. We have not seen him holding some crucial feedback meetings. Our MP must be visible at all times and take time to hear residents’ concerns,” another resident said.
However, Nyokanhete said he has been holding feedback meetings and has even assisted residents in Rujeko suburb to purchase a transformer after they had endured without electricity for three months.
“It’s not true that I have not been holding meetings with residents. It’s a pity that when I hold meetings with residents, some do not attend,” he said.
He said he will be in Harare on Parliament business most of the times, adding that he was only available in his constituency on Saturdays.
He said since Parliament was taking a break in July, he will find more time with his constituency.