Campfire under fire


TSHOLOTSHO villagers are pushing for the suspension of the Communal Areas Management Programme for Indigenous Resources (Campfire) claiming the initiative does not benefit the community.

Report by Divine Dube

The Tsholotsho Rural District Council (RDC) has in the past three months been bedevilled by a series of problems including accusations by the community of embezzling funds.

“We have not received anything from Campfire projects for the last two years, so I do not see the need for these projects to continue,” a villager who only identified himself as Ndlovu, said.

“We want council to suspend them until such a time when all issues concerning Campfire projects have been resolved.”

A Tsholotsho Development Association official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told the Southern Eye that villagers had a right to express their views concerning how council is run, adding it was paramount for villagers to decide on how community projects were run.

“I can confirm that on Thursday (yesterday) various stakeholders and villagers had a meeting with council officials to discuss the matter,” he said.

“In this meeting villagers had a platform to express their views on how they wanted Campfire projects to be administered.”

But the council’s chairperson councillor Petros Mahonondo expressed ignorance on the matter, saying he was not privy to goings-on at the council as he was far from the RDC offices.

“I do not know what you are talking about. I do not know what is happening at the council now as I stay far away,” he said. “You can talk to the Campfire chairperson Godfrey Ndlovu.”

However, Ndlovu was not available for comment as his mobile phone went unanswered.