By Gay Matambo
The devolution programme continues to transform the face of Chiredzi, with infrastructure deficits being addressed through the fund.
In most rural parts of Chiredzi district, education and healthcare provision was being impeded by the limited number of schools and clinics.
However, this has started changing after the 2021 devolution funds were used to complete the construction of two clinics and two schools in the district, while various service delivery equipment such as graders and drilling rigs among others, were procured.
Chiredzi Rural District Council Chief Executive Officer Mr Ailless Baloyi said: “In the year 2020-2021, we were looking at construction of schools and clinics. We were targeting to construct four schools and four clinics. From these clinics we have targeted, we completed the construction of Masivamele Clinic, which we were constructing with the help of SDA Church and Gwaseche Clinic in Chiredzi South.
“We are also looking at equipping these clinics so that they become functional in the shortest possible time. Looking ahead, when more devolution funds come, we will try to equip those boreholes. We expect 637 million from government grants under devolution as well as ZINARA. For those funds, we intend to do some irrigation schemes in Sengwe area and complete other projects that include the water augmentation project at Chikombedzi Growth Point. We are targeting to rehabilitate 1000km of road network this year,” he said.
Apart from improving the livelihoods of rural communities in Chiredzi district, the devolution programme has boosted the financial resilience of urban councils and reduced their reliance on council tax.
“In Chiredzi, we have two local authorities and both are receiving devolution funds. Using the funds, they have embarked on projects that develop the quality of health, education, water sanitation and hygiene so that the people’s lives will be improved,” noted Mr Gift Chisema, Chiredzi District Development Coordinator.
The devolution programme is part of the Second Republic’s initiatives aimed at fostering socio-economic development countrywide.