Monday, 23 May 2016

CHIMENE RIDICULES MUCHINGURI ZVIUTA BAN

OUTSPOKEN Manicaland Provincial Affairs minister Mandi Chimene has fired a salvo at her rival Environment minister Oppah Muchinguri, accusing her of using her ministerial position to confuse the nation over the domestication of quail birds after she banned the practice and immediately lifted the embargo.

Chimene made the remarks on Thursday at a hotel in Mutare, where she was addressing stakeholders at a proposed Zimbabwe interim poverty reduction strategy provincial consultative meeting hosted by the Ministry of Finance.

“People are asking me over the quail birds. They are asking what they should do with them and l keep saying continue keeping them. So don’t play games with the law. Don’t use your senior position to confuse people. These birds can be very helpful to the livelihhoods of many people in the country. So why should people stop?” she said.

Meanwhile, Chimene said she had proposed that substandard council houses in Mutare be demolished and replaced by modern spacious structures to address the city’s accommodation woes.

“When Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere visited the city, l accompanied him to some high-density suburbs owned by council. l wanted him to see how people are living. He did not like it and did not go near the toilets,” she said.

“So I have proposed to the government that dilapidated council houses be demolished for new ones. We are even proposing flats to save space.” newsday

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