[By Ben Mbangu in Pemba]
PEMBA member of parliament Mutinta Mazoka says the fondness for flying by those in leadership every time they travel around the country has distracted them from seeing the reality of people’s suffering on the ground.
Speaking after touring her constituency, Mazoka said it was now clear that flying had become a new way of living a luxurious life by leaders at the expense of the suffering majority.
“The fondness of flying by those in leadership every time they are travelling around the country has distracted them from seeing reality about the suffering of the people on the ground. Our leaders have preoccupied themselves with flying and not to address problems our people are facing,” she said. “They can’t move by road, no wonder they are not feeling the pain that our people are going through, especially in rural areas. This new luxury, the way of living, which they have found, is distancing them from reality on the ground. I want the Vice-President [Inonge Wina] to drive with me to Habbanyuka, Mayasanino, and other areas by road and not flying so that she can see on her own that people in Pemba are really hungry, that they need food and development. This thing of flying is making leaders not to see the suffering of the people.”
Mazoka described her visit to the constituency as a sad one.
She said she was confronted with a lot of challenges.
“The hunger situation has not spared anyone in the entire district,” Mazoka said.
She also expressed displeasure at the stalled works at Ndondi Secondary School.
“I’m not happy at all with the stalling of Ndondi Secondary School construction project. There hasn’t been proper funding since 2013, no wonder the project is moving at a snail’s pace,” Mazoka said. “Construction started a long time ago and by now the project would have finished. I don’t see it finishing even this year.”
She said pupils had no proper infrastructure making it difficult for effective learning to take place.
“There is no proper boarding house, no proper classrooms, and majority teachers commute from neighbouring townships like Batoka, Muzoka and Choma. 54 years after independence teachers do not need to travel long distances to go for work. It’s very sad that we still have such situations happening due to lack of decent accommodation and in some cases there is nothing at all,” Mazoka complained.
“What are we doing as a nation? Are we proud of ourselves? Personally I am not. Some teachers stay in Batoka, Muzoka and Choma because in Ndondi there are no houses. In our time, this situation was not there because government provided accommodation even for agriculture camp officers so no one was commuting. Teachers do not have to stay far away from school if really we want to see the best from our children.”
She hoped the government would quickly address the challenge so as to lessen the burden teachers were going through in discharging their duties.