Warren Park legislator Shakespeare Hamauswa has bemoaned the continued demands for beer and other free goodies by citizens whenever they meet with their elected officials.
Hamauswa revealed this during a Residents’ Dialogue meeting held last week at the Arcadia Comunity Centre where residents deliberated on citizen participation, devolution, waste management, procurement and infrastructure development, and service delivery.
“Sometimes people blame their MPs or Councillors for not being visible but in some instances the MPs and Councillors would not have money or goods to distribute to people,” he said.
“People put a lot of pressure on their elected officials to give them money or buy them beer zvekuti pamwe pacho unotogona kutombobva pavanhu because people are yet to understand the roles of their elected officials.
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“This makes the office very expensive to run. We help but in most case we run out of resources to give to people. The citizens expect too much from their MPs and Councillors,” he added.
Local politicians have been known to use beer and other goods to buy votes, a practice which has resultantly led to a distortion of their actual role.