Accelerated devolution programme bears fruit in Chiredzi town

By Gay Matambo

Government has been hailed for cushioning local authorities by providing constituency devolution funds as a way of accelerating efforts to achieve vision 2030.

As part of initiatives to ensure that no one and no place is left behind, government has provided for the disbursement of devolution funds to all local authorities including Chiredzi Town Council to address marginalisation issues.

This year, Chiredzi Town council used part of its allocation of the devolution funds to acquire refuse collection equipment and complete a classroom block at Tshovani ECD Learning Centre.

Acting Chiredzi Town Secretary, Engineer Wesley Kauma said, “We give gratitude to His Excellency, for leading by example by affording us funds to do infrastructure development which will go a long way in achieving the pillars that were set in the NDS1.”

After commissioning the devolution projects in Chiredzi this Friday, Masvingo Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Honourable Ezra Chadzamira noted that the devolution and decentralisation policy remains one of the pillars which will foster development.

“Mischief around devolution funds will not go unnoticed. I urge officers with the responsibility of handling these funds to shun corruption. We should always seek value for money whenever we are making procurement decisions. Try as much as possible to procure locally to empower our local producers. On that note, I urge the Procurement Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (PRAZ) to be sensitive to this request,” he said.

In the 2022 National Budget, government allocated ZW$42 billion to fund devolution projects countrywide.