Devolution thrust bears fruits in Chirumanzu, Shamva

By ZBC Reporter

RURAL communities have started to benefit from the government’s devolution thrust. In Chirumanzu ward six a clinic is being constructed by the local authority using resources from the devolution fund.
This development is expected to improve health services delivery in the area where villagers previously had to travel close to 20 kilometres to access the nearest health care facility.
The state of the art clinic which is 70 percent complete will have two staff quarters, outpatient consultation room, maternity, male and female as well as juvenile wards.
Sixty percent of the services at Hwata clinic will cater for deliveries for expecting mothers and this comes as a relief for community feels.
Midlands’ Provincial Affairs Minister Senator Larry Mavhima who is on a tour of devolution projects in the province says it is the wish of the second republic to improve the livelihoods of marginalised communities.
“We have been given a huge mandate by the President of this country Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa. Our mandate is to transform the lives of our people. We are targeting the remote areas to ensure that our people get services they don’t usually get. People should be able to get water, electricity and health care facilities at their nearest convenience. This is in line with the government’s vision of an upper-middle-income economy by 2030. Together we can achieve this vision,” said Senator Mavhima.
According to the Chirumanzu Rural District Council’s strategic plan, the council will construct another staff quarters bringing the houses for medical practitioners at the institution to three.
Meanwhile, the devolution fund has rescued Shamva mine residents who spent months without running water. This follows the commissioning of a new borehole with the community being urged to share the utility after Shamva mine primary school development project nearly hijacked the project.

Celebrations to mark the commissioning of a new borehole at Shamva mine were disturbed by Shamva mine primary school development committee which was forcing residents to pay 4 US dollars per household to access water.

Residents fumed that the committee was abusing a devolution funded utility.

Members of the school development committee denied the allegations saying they wanted to raise funds to connect the borehole to the school since it was cited 1800 metres away.

Shamva District Development Coordinator Mr. White Nkoma who was representing Shamva South Member of Parliament Cde Bramwell Bushu urged the community to share the utility while warning people to desist from demanding money for government-funded projects.

“This borehole is for the community and people should desist from charging monies. More so the borehole should not be politicised. Any projects to do with this borehole should come through Chaminuka Rural District Council,” said Mr. Nkoma.

In total Chaminuka Rural District Council prioritised and built 5 boreholes at a cost of 426 thousand dollars through last year’s devolution fund to solve water challenges affecting the respective communities.