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October 14, 2013

Mackenzie bemoan lack of electricity in Kariba rural

Filed under: News — Nhaudzenyu @ 11:24 am
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By Nhau Mangirazi

Siakobvu– Zanu PF Member of Parliament for Kariba Isaac Mackenzie is bitter that rural folk whose grandparents were displaced to pave way for the construction of dam that generates electricity are still yet to see lights in their homes after nearly 50 years.

Tonga speaking people were forcibly removed in the early 60s to pave way for Kariba dam construction.

Some of the affected were resettled in Zimbabwe’s Nyaminyami area while Zambia had new settlement in Siavonga.

Electricity generated is equally shared by the two governments who also share natural resources in the man made lake.

However, Mackenzie who comes into parliament for the second time since 2000 says the rural folk have been shortchanged for too long.

He was among the young tusk elected in 2000 but served one term before he lost.

Mackenzie says his election this time will give a boost to communal folks battling to make ends meet.

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Kariba Member of Parliament Isaac Mackenzie

Electricity without industry

‘’It is unfortunate that electrification program targeted few rural areas including Siakobvu business centre that has no industry to talk about’’ he says.

Mackenzie admits that the Government initiated program was disastrous as it never assisted some industrial sectors in remote areas of Bumi Hills, Chalala and Mola among other areas.

‘’Why did Zesa left out industrial areas of Ume Crocodile farm, Tiger Bay and Bumi Hills hotels as well as Kipling Lodges that employ several hundreds of people? They are being forced use generators but why not capitalize on their potential for better revenue? There is no business to talk about at Siakobvu.’’ He adds.

Also sidelined is Chalala business centre where there are 13 kapenta companies that need electricity.

Donated computers gather dust

According to Mackenzie, computers donated by President Robert Mugabe during his nation wide computerization program are still yet t be used as the school has no power.

‘’It is a pity that even computers donated by President Mugabe are gathering dust at Mola secondary school due to lack of electricity. These are some of the challenges that I will take head on and lure investors in the constituency whose livelihood is tourism but looks neglected’’

He adds that due to poor road network commuters are overcharged.

‘’Our roads are in bad shape and needs rehabilitation as a matter of urgency. The better road is at Siakobvu and the remaining 55 kilometers to Bumi Hills, commuters pay $10.00 that is exorbitant for rural folk’’ he says.

Poachers bleed council

Mackenzie resigned as Nyaminyami rural district council chief executive officer last month (August) but admits that it will be an uphill task as his former employer is in financial crisis due to rampant of poaching.

‘’Nyaminyami council relied on game hunting but uncontrolled poaching bled it. The annual quotas declined drastically affecting its revenue base’’ he says.

However Mackenzie faces a daunting task to lure investors in the remote area situated about 245 kilometers north-west of Karoi town.

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