By Gay Matambo
CITIZENS are increasingly occupying their position as key stakeholders in the implementation of the devolution programme by holding their local leadership accountable.
As critical partners and actors in the implementation of devolution and developmental programmes across the country, citizens are being empowered with information to hold leaders accountable.
A devolution engagement held in Chiredzi this Wednesday saw citizens highlighting priority areas in the implementation of developmental programmes.
“53 percent of Chiredzi West constituency is comprised of Tongaat Hullett workers. We hope that developmental projects that government rolls out will also benefit these workers,” said workers’ representatives.
“In terms of refuse trucks, as residents associations we are happy that through devolution funds council managed to purchase a refuse truck. I would like to urge Chiredzi Town Council to purchase two more refuse trucks to ensure quality service delivery to residents,” said one resident.
“We would like to urge our councils here present to allocate land for SMEs because they are tired of a cat and mouse relationship with law enforcement agents and local authorities,” said a businessman in the SMEs sector.
The Masvingo Minister of State for Devolution and Provincial Affairs, Honourable Ezra Chadzamira spoke on the importance of such consultative meetings in the quest to attain the aspirations of Vision 2030.
“President Emmerson Mnangagwa wants us to have these engagement processes with citizens. So, such Indabas will enable stakeholders to formulate a development blueprint for the constituency, which will feed into the provincial development blueprint,” said Minister Chadzamira.
Speaking on the sidelines of the indaba, Chiredzi West Legislator, Honourable Farai Musikavanhu emphasised the need for local authorities to be transparent in the way they execute their duties to curb corruption.
“The most critical issue that is burning people is the element of corruption. We need to rid ourselves from that, once we do that and have an inclusive approach, engaging people, Vision 2030 is there for the grabbing,” said Honourable Musikavanhu.
After the indaba, Minister Chadzamira commissioned Chiredzi Town Council vehicles which were purchased by devolution funds.