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    Parents up in arms as Chiredzi BSPZ acquires $125 000 vehicle


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    MORRIS BISHI
    CHIREDZI BUREAU

    CHIREDZI –
    Parents in Chiredzi are up in arms against their Better Schools Program Zimbabwe (BSPZ) authorities for buying a brand new Toyota Land Cruiser ahead of the completion of the organisation’s resource centre.
    The Land Cruiser which was delivered late last year was acquired at a cost of $125 000.
    Jonathan Muusha Mupamombe, a member of Shingai Primary School Development C ommitte (SDC) executive said that it was a case of misplaced priorities to buy an expensive car using parents’ hard-earned cash when the BSPZ does not even have a building.
    He said that Chiredzi District is the only BSPZ in Masvingo Province that is yet to complete its BSPZ headquarters and accused authorities including the District Schools Inspector (DSI)  Petronella Nyangwe of abusing the new vehicle on personal errands like taking it home.
    He said that BSPZ would draw more benefits from a resource centre than a vehicle.
    Nyangwe confirmed the acquisition of the Land Cruiser but said that the process was approved by the Provincial Education Director and Central Mechanical Equipment Department. She said that the vehicle was a priority because it is used for schools inspection and added that the only vehicle allocated to Chiredzi developed a fault when it was still new and had not worked since then.
    She said  ordinary vehicles cannot access remote parts of the district.
    "This is not a luxury acquisition as some people may see it. We arrived at this decision after wide consultations with PED and even CMED which recommended the vehicle since the one we had developed a fault when it was still new. The vehicle is now playing a big role in the supervision of schools.
    “Construction is ongoing and we are about to call the contractor for a meeting on the way forward. We hope to complete the building by year-end," said Nyangwe.
    Parents pay $1 per child per term towards the BSPZ.
    "We are not happy as parents by the delay in the completion of the BSPZ resource centre. They bought an expensive vehicle at the expense of the building and the district is the only one in Masvingo that is yet to complete its resource centre. This worries parents very much. When they want money they consult us, but they fail to do the same when they spend it," said Mpamombe.
    Another parent who declined to be named said it was amazing that Mwenezi completed its BSPZ ahead of Chiredzi. He said Chiredzi has a lot of better resourced schools in Triangle and Hippo Valley but is failing to complete its resource centre.
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