By Daniel Chigundu
MDC Alliance candidate for Kadoma Central Constituency Muchineripi Chinyanganya (36) says he wants to be in Parliament so that he can help change laws that are affecting the smooth running of local authorities in the country.
Most local authorities in the country are struggling to provide meaningful service to residents owing to direct and indirect interference from central government through various Acts of Parliament and also the Ministry of Local Government.
However, Muchineripi who has been in local authority for the past 10 years says he has seen how some laws are affecting local authorities and has set himself to be the change-maker.
“I have been in council for the past 10 years, I have seen how some laws and government policies negatively affect the effective operation of local authorities, notably the procurement regulations, investment laws, environmental laws and the Urban Councils Act which gives executive powers to the Town Clerk rather than the Mayor yet it is the mayor who is answerable to the electorate.
“This has driven me to go to Parliament to help address these issues. There is also the need to advocate for government to provide funding for low-cost housing.
“In Kadoma, we have areas like Single Quarters (SQs) and GBs that are in a deplorable state. Council needs assistance to build houses for these people so that they can have decent accommodation,” he said.
The youthful aspiring MP said the government should prioritise such ministries as Health and Education in its budget but was quick to add that the situation is not so because the current crop of MPs are only after putting policies that are good for themselves at the expense of the general populace.
“There is need to have MPs who stand for the good of the people and the country, I believe I am someone with the grace to take the legislative function to another level”.
Muchineripi Chinyanganya is a holder of a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Zimbabwe, an Executive Certificate of Diplomacy and International Relations from the Zimbabwe Institute of Diplomacy and various leadership certificates from different institutions.
He is currently the Mayor of Kadoma, was Deputy Mayor from 2008 to 2013 and has sat in various boards of different organisations especially charity organisations.
Chinyanganya is the chairperson of the Urban Councils Association of Zimbabwe’s Management, manpower and legal sub-committee since 2013, is also in the Urban Councils Association of Zimbabwe’s presidential committee since 2014.
For his efforts, he has also won several leadership awards and most recently was awarded the Best Local Governance Leader of the year in May and was also conferred with the dignity of Alderman in the same month.
If successfully elected into Parliament on July 30, Chinyanganya says he will be advocating for laws that bring investment into the country, laws that do away with bureaucracy in state-owned enterprises and local authorities and will thrive to make the executive accountable to the people.
In his plan for Kadoma Central, Chinyanganya says he wants to see to it that the issue of SQs and GBs is addressed and that central government more specifically the Ministry of Local Government, National Housing and Finance are fully engaged with the need to construct low-cost housing.
According to Chinyanganya, he is also going to seek an aggressive youth empowerment program that includes a skills training program (training for enterprise), a robust scholarship program for the disadvantaged but academically gifted community members from primary level.
He hopes to introduce a sports talent search and grooming program, establish a community revolving fund for income generation projects for youth, to establish a GESI (Gender Equity and Social Inclusive) sensitive constituency development and to spearhead, develop and enhance women’s clubs, community lending groups for capacity building of the women in the community.
Chinyanganya said while his development program for Kadoma will start as soon as he elected into office, the projects are going to be continuous and will have no timeframe.
He said for the plan to work, he will engage all the stakeholders and residents of Kadoma, work with different organisations and financial institutions to provide expertise and financial support.–