The community of Cowdray Park was full of nothing but praises for their local Member of Parliament Hon. Stella Ndlovu following a generous donation of textbooks and ECD furniture to Cowdray Park Primary School. The colorful ceremony was also attended by Bulawayo Metropolitan Mayor, Solomon Mguni, Bulawayo Senator Siphiwe Ncube, Bulawayo councilors and alderman, District Schools Inspectors (DSI), School Heads, and residents from in and around Cowdray Park.
The gathering was held after the government of Zimbabwe released the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) that the MP for Luveve Constituency had applied for. The Constituency Development Fund (CDF) was established in 2010 for the development of Constituencies to alleviate poverty and improve the standards of living for all Zimbabweans through developmental projects. Currently the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs is responsible for administering and monitoring the fund.
“Our constituency was given $50 000 ZWL last year (2018) under the Constituency Development Fund (CDF),” said Honourable Stella Ndlovu.
“The CDF committee gathered school heads to brainstorm on possible projects that would be ideal for the development of the Constituency, particularly the education system.”
Funds that were disbursed could no longer be utilized in more than one project due to the steep rise in inflation.
“A unanimous decision was reached, and school heads agreed that it would be better if the funds were to be used towards Cowdray Park School,” added Hon. Ndlovu. “The $50 000 ZWL was diverted towards purchasing school text books that would ease the burden that pupils faced when learning, considering that the school is a fairly recent establishment.”
Applications for the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) are open to all Members of Parliament, and not all meet the strict requirements.
Ndlovu cited that out of the 210 Parliamentarians, 40 still have not yet done any projects that are aimed at developing the Constituency.
Honourable Ndlovu said the company where they purchased textbooks further donated furniture (5 tables and 5 chairs) for an Early Childhood Development (ECD) class at Cowdray Primary School.
She also further pledged to pay tuition fees in full for three Grade 7 pupils from each of five primary schools in Luveve Constituency.
Honourable Ndlovu commended school authorities for their level of maturity exhibited in handling the Constituency Development Fund (CDF).
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