In a bid to garner support for the ruling Zanu PF party in the upcoming December 9 by-elections, Vice President Constantino Chiwenga has promised a slew of developmental projects for Cowdray Park residents.
The densely populated suburb is grappling with infrastructure challenges including poor roads, lack of water, sewer services and electricity.
The party’s losing parliamentary candidate in the August elections, Mthuli Ncube initiated several developmental projects including road rehabilitation and drilling boreholes in the suburb as part of his campaign strategy.
Now Chiwenga, wants the constituency to vote for the ruling party to continue where Ncube left off.
“We have to vote in numbers for our Zanu PF candidates so that the government’s plan to uplift Cowdray Park can be successful,” Chiwenga told party supporters at a rally in the suburb on Sunday.
Arthur Mujeyi represents the party in the parliamentary election while Kidwell Mujuru is the Ward Six local authority candidate.
Chiwenga said the government was working on building more hospitals in the suburb and equipping Cowdray Health Centre with more ambulances.
The health facility built in partnership with the United Kingdom (UK) infrastructure company NMS was opened in August just before the elections.
Chiwenga also promised the residents that the government would rehabilitate roads that lead to schools and health facilities.
“We know that in this place there are secondary schools which don’t accommodate all learners. The government has a plan to build secondary schools in Cowdray Park so that all children can access education,” Chiwenga promised.
Also in the pipeline, Chiwenga said was the construction of a police station
“We are now building a police station for our police to work efficiently. This will also ensure residents get police services easily,” said Chiwenga.
Before his address ended, the vice president had a go at local authorities accusing them of failing to provide basic services to residents.