Devolution: Umguza constructs six health centres

By Innocent Nxumalo

Devolution funds have transformed lives in various parts of the country with some districts making significant progress in delivering key services such as health and education.

A jubilant atmosphere engulfed Ntabazinduna area of Matabeleland North Province this Monday as villagers witnessed the unveiling of service delivery equipment and progress on key infrastructure being constructed courtesy of government’s devolution fund.

The Minister of State for Matabeleland North Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Honourable Richard Moyo commended Umguza Rural District Council for the successful implementation of the devolution programme.

“Devolution is one of the fourteen anchor pillars to drive Zimbabwe towards an empowered upper-middle-income country by the year 2030. Therefore, it is my belief and hope that all we are witnessing and touring this day is driving towards the attainment of that national vision.”

Umguza Rural District Council Chief Executive Officer, Mr Collen Moyo said the financial allocation from central government has enabled the local authority to deliver primary needs in rural communities.

“This devolution concept is a community empowerment tool which capacitates us to pursue community-led development projects. We had limited capacity but now many projects are in the pipeline.”

Ntabazinduna villagers said the pursued projects will transform their lives.

“This clinic has a maternity section, expecting mothers will not go more than 5km to the nearest health centre. As villagers we participated at every stage, we own this project and shall jealously guard it.”

Of the 71 million Zimbabwe dollars availed to Matabeleland North province in the previous budget, Umguza district received 5,6 million and has undertaken various projects that include procurement of heavy-duty machinery, construction of six health centres and three science laboratories at schools.