By Emmah Chinyamutangira
ZANU-PF Central committee, member and Mutare businessman, Isau Mupfumi urged local authorities to stop the practice of converting land reserved for sport and other recreational activities into residential stands as sport activities are essential for communities.
Mipfumi who is an aspiring member of Parliament for Chikanga-Dangamvura constituency donated football and netball kits worthy over $8 000 to each ward a move described as a campaigning tool towards 2023 elections to gunner support from the youths.
“l urge Mutare City fathers to reserve land for sporting activities and stop selling land allocated for recreational purposes since it’s very important for people to engage in those activities as they improves health, promoting sustainable development as well as bringing entertainment and togetherness in the communities,’’ said Mupfumi.
He challenged the City Fathers to move vegetable vendors from sport grounds and return them to their designated trading points.
Mupfumi implored City Council should refurbish the sport grounds like what they did to Sakubva Stadium as the football venues around the city were now in bad shape.
“I advise City council to move vegetable vendors from the grounds they were using and return them to their designated trading points.
“The grounds at Dangamvura Beithall are now in a very bad state we need Council to quickly go in and refurbish those grounds like what they did to Sakubva Stadium so that sport is made available to the people in every community,’’ he added.
The aspiring candidate earlier lost the seat to MDC Alliance member Prosper Mutseyami who was later recalled from Parliament following disputes between MDC T and MDC Alliance.
Due to covid the Dangamvura-Chikanga constituency is among over 50 constituencies in Zimbabwe which are not represented in Parliament and by-elections are expected to be held before 2023 General elections are held.