‘Misleading’ MEC irks DA leader: Daily Dispatch

THE province’s official opposition has accused MEC Fikile Xasa of misleading the Bhisho legislature.

Cooporative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta) MEC Xasa was answering questions from DA MPL Veliswa Mvenya on a sanitation project aimed at providing toilets for the residents of Dudumashe village in Mnquma Municipality.

In parliamentary questions seen by the Dispatch, Mvenya asked: “When was the project initiated and when is it anticipated to be completed”.

According to the DA the project started in 2013 and contractors left construction incomplete.

However in his response Xasa said: “The project has been approved for implementation anticipated to start with construction in mid-October 2014.”

But Mvenya is adamant that Xasa misled the house. “The MEC misinformed the house and this is a clear indication that he has not taken the time to follow up on this project. “When the project started in 2013, it was not finished and as a result a new service provider must be appointed to finish the project while taxpayers’ money is wasted in the process,” Mvenya said.

Cogta spokesman Mamkeli Ngam refuted the claims.

“There was no sanitation project that was implemented in Dudumashe in 2013. [The only project there is] a water project which was completed in 2007,” Ngam said.

Mvenya last week threatened to report Xasa to the legislature speaker, Noxolo Kiviet for misleading the house.

“I will be writing to the speaker to complain about this, it will be her decision to refer it to the ethics committee. The problem here is that he did not check his facts,” she added.

But the department has a different view.

Ngam said the project started on November 12 this year for 3 707 households in Wards 17 and 19 of Mnquma Local Municipality.”

He said service providers had already been appointed. —