By Byron Mutingwende
Honourable Betty Nhambu-Kaseke, the Member of the House of Assembly for Kuwadzana was catapulted into Parliament on a ruling party Zanu (PF) ticket in 2015 following by-elections in the constituency but has brought considerable development in the short space of time she has been in charge of the area.
Spiked Online Media went into Kuwadzana Constituency and caught up with the youthful legislator who is a philanthropist awarded many accolades including the 2017 Top Community Leader of the Year by the Zimbabwe Business Awards and the Women’s Top Leadership Excellence Award and Business Development Award.
“You agree with me that the President Cde ED Mnangagwa in his inauguration speech and also in the following speeches that he has made so far, made references to infrastructure development in the rural, urban and semi urban areas. In support of that vision of the President l’ve decided to construct the bridge. A bridge which besides helping a local community in crossing from one point to another which has been hampered quite some time because of the stream that is in existence because of water. I’ve decided to build the bridge in support of the Presidents vision on infrastructure development. Of course as l’ve alluded to. this bridge will assist the Kuwadzana community to unite and not to be divided by streams. lt is also important to the GDP of the economy.This is the development our President ED is talking about and I am in support of that as MP for the area,” Hon Nhambu-Kaseke said.
The local community was 100 % involved in the project and it was the community effort. Local stakeholders also gave a hand but the majority of the resources were from her personal means.
“We thank our MP for sinking boreholes and working on development of educational infrastructure for the ECD, primary and secondary schools in the constituency. These are the things she has done for the constituency and going forward she said she still has a lot of work to do. We are happy that she promised to construct a clinic with a maternity ward and to repair roads damaged by the rains,” said Givemore Magara, a Kuwadzana resident who aspires to be a councillor in one of the wards within the constituency.
Before the construction of the bridge the situation was really bad. People would pass through the sewage-infested water, exposing them to different water-borne diseases but the coming up of this bridge brought relief to the community.
“After discovering the sleeping giant in the community with a lot of inherent ability among our women, l as a business woman then decided to enlighten them through business training in courses such as entrepreneurship, record keeping, trade and taxation, internal savings and lending as well as marketing and market research, Hon Nhambu-Kaseke said.
This was facilitated by the then Ministry of Women Affairs Gender and Community Development in conjunction with the Ministry of small to medium enterprises together with Zimra and Zim trade. The training was paid for by the MP and they engaged a micro finance firm.