CANDIDATES vying for the St Mary’s parliamentary seat in the March 26 ey-election have promised to turn around the fortunes of the constituency and the dormitory town of Chitungwiza, which has been marred by poor service delivery for almost two decades.
With raw sewer flowing in people’s homes, St Mary’s has become the face of poor service delivery in urban areas as residents choke from the putrid smell.
The March 26 by-election has therefore presented an opportunity for the electorate to take charge of their destiny by correcting the wrongs of the past.
One of the candidates, Mr Adam Puzo of the MDC Alliance is promising a paradigm shift.
“When people are elected they usually abscond and don’t come back to the electorate. What I intend to do since I stay here and will always be with the community, is to give maximum attention to the constituency and also work with the constituency to ascertain what they want and what they require,” he said.
ZANU PF candidate, Cde Nobert Jinjika, is confident of reclaiming the seat which has been occupied by the opposition for the past 20 years.
“In this community, we have over 20 years of opposition rule. So, I think it’s high time that we as ZANU PF reclaim the town so that we are able to have developmental projects that are in sync with the vision of the President,” said Jinjika.
The other candidates, independent Marcos Sanyanga, could not be reached for comment, while the Citizens for Coalition Change Candidate, Unganai Tarusenga refused to speak to ZBC News.
The St Mary’s seat is among the 28 seats to be filled in the by-election set for the 26th of March.