30 September 2008
Voters had no choice but to elect me - Mavimbela
By Njabulo Dlamini
MHLAMBANYATSI MP-elect Petros Mavimbela says he is not surprised that the electorate re-elected him as ‘they had no choice’.
Mavimbela said he had done all he could to improve the profile of the constituency as well as assisting it develop and the people had taken note of it.
“I was not surprised because we managed to have a high school (Lundzi) established through funding from donors and had the ministry of education on board to give assurance teachers would be recruited to work there.
“At first, parents were skeptical about the project noting such structures would become white elephants since government would not provide them with teachers. But they were proved wrong as the ministry supported the exercise and as we speak, we are adding a class each year and next year Form Three will be added so that soon it shall be a fully-fledged high school,” Mavimbela said.
The Mhlambanyatsi MP-elect said his van was also available for use anytime by residents under the constituency and the only requirement being that they had to fill it up (with petrol). A clinic was also put up at Zondwako through donor funding and two more schools; Mgotshane High (opening in January next year) and Dingizwe Community Primary.
His victory excited him because a number of issues were left hanging, especially at the ministry of education.
He took particular interest with the ministry since he was chairman of the portfolio committee there during the last parliament. “We worked well with the former principal secretary (John Kunene) and Minister Themba Msibi,” he said, noting the various issues left pending at the ministry needed to be followed up until due implementation.
Mavimbela won the elections under his constituency and is amongst the few ex-MPs of the previous parliament who made it back to parliament.
Whilst he made it back, his neighbours Vulindlela Msibi (Ngwemphisi) and Patrick Pha Motsa (Mangcongco) failed in their bid to return to parliament. They both lost in the primary elections stage.