BUHERA: Prominent Buhera business mogul Maxwell Chikwangwani has launched a US$5 000 sponsorship to help promote sporting activities and upgrading of recreational facilities in Buhera West Constituency, The Mirror can report.
The facelift fund comes at a time when sporting facilities were in dilapidated condition in the district and needed some facelift.
Chikwangwani told The Mirror at the launch at Murambinda Growth Point that he has set aside US$2 800 for upgrading of sporting facilities and US$2 200 to buy assortment of uniforms, boots, balls and nets.
“US$2 800 will be used to upgrade the existing infrastructure and US$2 200 will go towards acquiring uniforms, boots, nets, balls and related equipment for various groups in eight wards in Buhera West Constituency,” Chikwangwani told The Mirror.
He said as a businessman, he is driven by the passion to plough back to the community to assist the youths and vulnerable people.
“I noted with concern how fast sport infrastructure has gone down and deteriorated in the district, a situation that requires urgent ‘fixing'” said Chikwangwani.
Chikwangwani who owns Chikwangwani Motors in Harare said he wants the fund raised to US$10 000 in 2022 in order to put some ablution facilities and upgrades community grounds and school grounds in Buhera West.
“We have started with US$5 000 and the target is to grow the fund to US$10 000 next year,” he said
“We want to keep our youyhs occupied so that they desist from engaging in drug abuse and commercial sex. Sport creates strong networks that help people generate ideas for business and social development” Chikwangwani added.
Asked by The Mirror whether he has political ambitions in Buhera West, Chikwangwani neither confirm nor deny but said he was preoccupied with development at the moment.
“The political season is yet to start, I strongly believe that we must be preoccupied with identifying some development gaps in the district and this is what I’m doing,” he told The Mirror.
“When the political season comes, who knows, I may be interested,” added Chikwangwani.
The District Development Coordinator, Freeman Mavhiza told the Mirror in a telephone interview that they welcome people who bring development to the district.
“It is a welcome gesture and as Government we are to work with development like-minded people in all sectors,” Mavhiza said.
Buhera Social League vice chairperson, Mhere Sundire said the fund came when social league was facing some structural challenges including other sporting disciplines.
“This will go a long way in resolving some structural challenges that we are currently facing,” Sundire told The Mirror on the sidelines of the launch.
A local sport enthusiast John Vashi told The Mirror that sport in it’s many and varied disciplines was a necessity to them as youths.
“Sport enhances social development and Murambinda is popular for delinquency, drug abuse and commercial sex which I think will be reduced through such initiatives,” said Vashi. –https://masvingomirror.com