COVID-19 stalls development programmes

By ZBC Reporter

The COVID-19 pandemic has stalled development across the country as the central government is channeling resources towards fighting the pandemic.

This was revealed by Mberengwa Senator who is also Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Retired Lieutenant General Dr. Sibusiso Moyo at Mpesi in Mberengwa during his first leg of meet the constituency meetings.

Speaking to constituents at Mpesi Business Centre this Saturday, Retired Lieutenant General Dr. Moyo highlighted the government’s mitigatory measures to fight Covid-19.

“Our programs were on track but then came Covid-19. The government has had to redirect resources to fight the pandemic hence you see some projects have been stalled. We know our people are being inconvenienced by the lockdown but it’s very necessary to save lives. We are aware people want to go to Zvishavane for genuine reasons. The government has introduced an orderly transport system which is expected to be extended to rural communities.”

Minister Moyo also castigated the local business community for shunning bond notes while urging the local authority to use devolution funds to develop the district.

The first leg of the meet the constituency indaba was a platform to stimulate development in Mberengwa and local legislators say an all stakeholder approach will see the district turning a development corner.

Meanwhile, Retired Lieutenant General Dr Moyo also donated foodstuffs to cushion the vulnerable as the nation battles Covid-19.

The government has committed 18 billion Zimbabwean dollars to resuscitate businesses that were adversely affected by Covid-19.

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