MP of the Week: Nelson Chamisa the face of Kuwadzana East Constituency

Nelson Chamisa is best described as the most provocative, outspoken and fearless cadre in Zimbabwe’s Parliament.

Since his election in 2003 as the Member of Parliament for Kuwadzana East constituency under the MDC-T ticket Nelson Chamisa has become the voice of reason in Parliament.

Born in 1978 Honorable Chamisa studied Communication and Journalism at Harare polytechnic and was involved in a lot of student activism leading to his first election in 1998 as the Student Representative Committee President.

During that period he was elected Secretary General of ZINASU at a congress held at the University of Zimbabwe paving way for his now political career.

When the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) was launched in 2000 Chamisa was roped in as the Secretary General for the opposition party, in March 2003 he was elected as the MP for Kuwadzana East Constituency a seat he has held to date.
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From 2003-2008 Chamisa became a whole lot more involved in Parliament business when he was elected as the representative of Zimbabwe in the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, served as portfolio committee member for Defence and Home Affairs, Public Accounts, Gender and Youth and Transport and Communications.

From 2009-2012 was appointed Minister of Information Communication Technology he also served as Acting Minister of various Ministries including Public Service , Science and Technology, Labour and Social Welfare Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs.

Parliament participation

Honorable Nelson Chamisa has been one of the few legislators who attend Parliament sessions without fail. He has become a face not to miss in Parliament coupled by his active participation, posing questions to Ministers and he is the voice behind the live broadcast of Parliament proceeding on ZBC TV and SFM.

Community development

Since his election as the Kuwadzana East constituency legislator Hon Chamisa has not done notable developments and his electorate had no kind words.

“We have had Chamisa as our MP since 2003 but to date he has done nothing for us. As the youth we continue to suffer because he has not come forth with any projects for us to occupy ourselves like other Mps have done in their communities”.

“Chamisa has no people’s interest at heart, he comes when he wants to use us during elections period when he gets want he want he disappears to his leafy suburb,” Tatenda Mbira from Kuwadzana 1.

Residents said Hon. Chamisa was good at holding rallies in the constituency which were irrelevant.

“Whenever he wants to hold rallies here he comes with his subordinates distributing fliers which have irrelevant information to us. Our roads are damaged and he has failed to mobilize resources to patch potholes that are all over the main road,” said a disappointed motorist.

At Kuwadzana 4 shopping centre stands a lifeless library which Chamisa has been promising to renovate and mobilize equipment for its operation.

“This building was built by the late Raymond Jongwe and he has failed to finish it up and our children have no nearby library, his election promises are endless and never honour them blaming everything on the prevailing economic challenges while we have seen other committed Mps like Chinotimba transforming the face of his constituency,” said Sasha Moyo.

 

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