By Tichaona Kurewa
DEVOLUTION funds have transformed the City of Victoria Falls with a number of projects at various stages of implementation in the resort city.
In fulfillment of the mantra, leaving no place and no one behind, government last year allocated 68 million Zimbabwe dollars to the City of Victoria Falls under the devolution programmme.
Victoria Falls Engineer Sherinah Sibanda gave a detailed account of how the funds are being used.
“Of the funds, we received; Z$ 5.5 million and channelled towards solid waste disposal site improvement, Z$8 million was spent on water works high lift pump station –supply and installation of two high lift pump sets and Z$16.5 million on rehabilitation of raw water pump station. The solid waste disposal site project is at 98% completion and will be commissioned in June 2022 while two pump sets were delivered at the waterworks, and installation was done. This has improved operation of the clear water pump station at the waterworks with reduced breakdowns,” said Engineer Sibanda.
For stakeholders, it is good news that the devolution programme has accelerated development at local level.
“It is a good thing that devolution is enabling all corners of the economy with it being a quicker way of disbursement of developmental funds to needy localized projects. Indeed local authorities know better where to use the funds. My caution to the City would be that red tape should not delay implementation of projects,” said Mr Bara.
Yvonne Jandles Tourism Executive said, “We are very grateful to the government for the devolution funds that are coming through and we have just been appraised of the plans. The residents have been crying for a long time about the water situation and those funds will go a long way in seeing the growth of the town. The town can’t grow if we don’t have the capacity in terms of the utilities for that, so water is very important and we need that before sustainable growth can be talked about.”
The development could not have come at a better time after Victoria Falls gained city status in December 2020.