A young mind determined to make a difference

Sukoluhle Ndlovu
He is only 18 years old, yet he has managed to rub shoulders with the countrya��s top guns.
Denzel Tonga, a form five student at Errymaple College in Zvishavane has met with President Mugabe, Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa and several senior Government officials.

The pint-sized student is a former Child MP and a former Minister of State in the Vice-Presidenta��s Office. He was elected child MP in 2013A� while he was doing Form Three in Chegato high school in Mberengwa North and his term ended this year on 21 February.

At such a young age, the energetic Tonga has masterminded projects in Mberengwa like renovating Vanguard Primary School and also building a clinic in Chomusenda Village after engaging various donors.

a�?As the child MP I have done a number of projects. One of them is renovating a primary school and building a clinic in Mberengwa. I was touched by the fact that in Chomusenda there was no clinic and the closest hospital is kilometres away so I decided to build a clinic for them,a�? said Tonga.

Although his term of office has ended, Tonga vowed to continue helping the people from Mberengwa and to make sure that his projects are completed.

a�?Even though my term as the minister and Junior MP has ended I am still running with the vision of helping the people of Mberengwa. Some of the projects have not been completed but I will not rest until they are completedA� and the facilities are fully functional,a�? said Tonga.

Tonga said being elected the junior minister and the Junior MP was a special blessing in his life.

a�?Being elected as the Junior MP and as the minister was one blessing in my life that I still thank God for. At first I was scared but with time I managed to adjust. Even my family did not believe me when I told them I had been elected to be the minister and to be theA�A� child MP. They only believed it after they saw me on Ztv with President Mugabea�?, heA� added.

a�?After being exposed to Parliament, I have not looked back and I dream of becoming an MP or a minister one day. I want to study Political Science and join the politics game as soon as possible. My biggest inspiration and role model is President Mugabe,a�? he said.