HARARE – Senior officials in the Education ministry have allegedly blocked Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai from officially opening a classroom block donated to Hatcliffe High School by Harare North MP Theresa Makone.
Makone told the Daily News soon after delivering 90 desks and 90 chairs for the school on Monday that the MDC leader was blocked by bureaucrats fearing that the premier would gain political mileage as the July 31 election campaign gathers pace.
“Education ministry officials who are jealous about my work because of their Zanu PF mentality told us that the prime minister could not officiate at the handover ceremony allegedly because the head of the school did not follow protocol when the invite was made,” Makone said.
“They said we were supposed to have invited him eight weeks in advance yet the premier had no problems coming here.
“I take it that they are jealous about what I and my party have done because there has not been an A’ level class here until I chipped in as the MP having realised that there was real need.
“Where were they all along?”
Makone says the project cost her over $80 000 including the furniture and used resources from private donors and the Constituency Development Fund.
She took great exception to statements made by deputy Education minister Lazarus Dokora in the State media that it was a government project.