DEPUTY Prime Minister Thokozani Khupe has vowed to tackle Shurugwi-Tongogara Community Share Ownership Scheme problems after the community’s complaints over lack of transparency and alleged misuse of funds.
Report by Wongai Zhangazha
The problems came to Khupe’s attention from a group of Shurugwi residents while she was attending a Catholic professionals’ regional workshop where she addressed other delegates from Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia at Arrupe College in Harare last weekend. Tongogara Community Share Ownership Scheme was commissioned in November 2011 after Unki Mine complied with government’s indigenisation regulations and availed US$10 million to the share ownership scheme.
The community identified “five start-up projects” to be funded using the money which include building of a mortuary, classroom blocks, gardens, drilling boreholes and constructing a dam.
Shurugwi delegates at the workshop expressed their disgruntlement, with one resident who only identified himself as Andrew saying: “Shurugwi received US$10 million; are you aware that people need roads and hospitals but the money is being kept in an account and not being used properly. Are you aware that the first thing that they built with that money was a mortuary; a mortuary of all things?”
Khupe said she was not aware of how the Shurugwi community share ownership money is being used.
“I didn’t know that the money is in the bank and all these issues you are raising,” said Khupe. “I will make sure I raise them in cabinet to get to know what is happening”.