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A SEWER project meant to benefit thousands of residents and school children in Marondera has been halted as the municipality is not willing to receive funds sourced by Ray Kaukonde to complete the work.

Kaukonde, who is Marondera Central MP, was dismissed last December as the Zanu PF provincial chairperson for Mashonaland East during a purge against party officials who were believed to be supporting the then Vice President Joice Mujuru’s alleged bid to oust President Robert Mugabe.

Council sources said Kaukonde, as the MP of the area, raised thousands of dollars to fund the installation of new sewerage pipes in Rujeko and Yellow City suburbs.

“The project was started early last year and it should have been completed by now but this has been stalled as Zanu PF fights have intensified in the province and the councillors are now scared to be seen holding meetings with Kaukonde over the sewer project,” a council source said.

The project is meant to benefit mainly Tapfuma primary school and the nearby Cold Storage Company, which employs hundreds of workers and is home to students from Kushinga Phikelela Polytechnic.

However, after a fall out between the Zanu PF leadership and Kaukonde, councillors ordered that the project be stopped as they feared that their continued engagement with Kaukonde would jeopardise their relationship with the party.

They feared that there would be serious reprisals if they accepted Kaukonde’s donations at the expense of improving service delivery.

As a result, there is an increase in sewer pipe bursts as the entire drainage system needs an overhaul.

Meanwhile party sources have reported plans to recall embattled Kaukonde from Parliament and replace him with either University of Zimbabwe lecturer, Charity Manyeruke or the owner of Umaa Institute, Cleopas Kundiona.

Source : New Zimbabwe

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