By Bernard Mutambudzi
Chimanimani National Assembly member, Cde Joshua Sacco has launched a goat rearing project targeting disadvantaged families in his constituency, with the first beneficiaries set to receive 100 goats as seed capital.
Chikukwa Ward 10, Tilbury Ward 12 and Tiya Ward 16 have since been identified as the pioneering wards for the projects which will be implemented and eventually cascades to other wards.
Of the 100 goats, each homestead will get five goats as seed capital.
One of the beneficiaries, Mrs Annatoria Matimba (70) not only received the seed capital, but also an assortment of groceries as belated Christmas hamper, from the legislator.
Speaking at Mrs Ngwenya’s homestead where the goat rearing project was launched, Cde Sacco said, “We are all Zimbabweans regardless of where we come from or live. If you visit Chipinge today, you shouldn’t feel lost but feel at home. Let’s have a united mindset.”
“We are doing surprise visits to different communities to assess the situation. We have been duly elected as MP and now we are going to meet the people.
‘‘We have to empower our people regardless of where they live,” said Cde Sacco.
Cde Sacco said the income-generating projects are meant to lift communities out of poverty.
“In terms of the goat project, a homestead will get five goats each and we expect that after five years, the beneficiaries will have managed to buy cattle and send their children to school,” he said.
The legislator also revealed that the goat project will endeavour to implement a women’s club through which targeted homesteads will benefit from construction of model kitchen huts.
Tiya headman Mr Saluwela Matiza said that there were several disadvantaged families that needed help in the area.
“Next time we come here, we will be with the Provincial Minister of State for Manicaland, chiefs and other heads of departments in Chimanimani district to check on the progress in your different communities,” said Sacco.