Capacitation of community led projects key in driving rural economies

By Wellington Makonese

PARLIAMENT’S Thematic Committee on Indigenisation and Empowerment has recommended further capital injection into government initiated community empowerment projects.

The Thematic Committee on Indigenisation and Empowerment completed its fact-finding mission of community empowerment projects in Lupane, Binga and Plumtree initiated by government to integrate the rural populace into the mainstream economy.

The Chairperson of the committee, Senator Maybe Mbowa noted that the projects are changing lives of people in rural communities, adding that with more funding, the impact will be even more pronounced.   

In line with 2030 empowerment projects by the President, we wanted to check if they are benefitting the public, we went to Plumtree where there are tree projects, Binga where President Mnangagwa launched fishing rigs, we wanted to see if the right people are benefitting. Yes they are, but there is need to expand for many to benefit. We also realised that for some district projects it’s the council taking the larger share which needs to be corrected, but in short there is need for more funding,” she said.

Under the empowerment drive, government is pursuing an inclusive approach as it seeks to leave no one and no place behind in development.  

Some of the projects funded by government include those in the manufacturing and agricultural sectors.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been at the forefront of empowerment and earlier this year commissioned fishing rigs in Binga, among other empowerment projects.