By Jessica Mundawarara|
Zvishavane-Ngezi member of parliament John Holder has been accused of lying after he made election promises to help elderly citizens, only to vanish after the controversial vote in 2013.
According to a staffer at the Jairos Jiri centre for the disabled, elderly and destitute in the town, Holder made an unexpected visit to the home just prior to the July 31, 2013 elections.
“Mr Holder promised to come back with assistance for the home. He gave us a business card and left. We have not seen him ever since. We have tried calling him and sending emails but he never replies,” said Dube, a nurse.
She revealed that the centre was struggling to meet daily costs.
“We have no running water, our car is broken down and we have problems getting food,” Dube said.
She said their state grant had been cut unexpectedly and they had nowhere to turn, except to the community for help. Dube said although the home could accommodate 20 people at a time, it currently had only 13 due to the shortages.
Midlands senator Lilian Timveos, who visited the centre recently, expressed shock at the developments.
She pledged the continued support of her family, which has been providing food and money, and called on the local community to come to the aid of the destitute tenants.
Dube said despite cutting funding, the government continued to send homeless people to them.
“We can not turn these people away because they have nowhere to go and they would just die. Some were living at bus stations before coming here,” she said.
Holder could not be reached for comment. The grandson of former Shu Shine bus operator Percy Hall, he won the seat controversially after upstaging fellow Zanu PF member and MP Obert Matshalaga.
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