Focus on projects that benefit communities, RDCs told

By ZBC Reporter
GOVERNMENT has challenged Rural District Councils (RDCs) in Mashonaland Central to focus on projects that benefit local communities using funding availed by the treasury.
Mashonaland Central Provincial Development Coordinator, Cosmas Chiringa said the disbursement of inter-governmental transfers to Rural District Councils (RDCs) by the government through the treasury should be used as an opportunity to undertake projects which unlock benefits to local communities.
He said this at the “Gendering Devolution: Provincial Policy Conference” held in Bindura this Wednesday.
“Carry out projects with benefits that will trigger other developmental projects. A good example is Chifamba secondary school which built laboratories, allowing students to learn sciences,” Chiringa said.
The conference which drew participants from all 8 districts in the province was organised by the Institute for Young Women’s development to take stock of progress in mainstreaming gender in development planning.
Institute for Young Women’s Development Team Leader, Glanis Changachirere said their team has gone through the province on an awareness-raising drive and they are now ensuring that the stakeholders are on the same page as well as measuring the progress made thus far.
“We have gone through the districts raising awareness on devolution so now we want to take stock on whether we are on the same page as well as to find out the progress that has been made in implementing devolution. Yes, its two years now without provincial councils so we want to lobby for the process to be expedited,” she said.
Young women had an opportunity to interrogate local authorities and government officials regarding steps in implementing devolution.
The province received $36 million in intergovernmental fiscal transfers which have been channeled towards projects such as the construction of clinics, water, roads and schools.
Under the devolution thrust numerous projects have been recorded in Mashonaland central, the completion of Pembi Bridge in Mvurwi, tarring of a total of 56,5km on several roads among them Mahuwe-Kanyemba, Bindura-Mt Darwin, Bindura-Matepatepa Road, completion of Bindura-Shamva Road, St Albert’s-Dotito and Dotito-Mukumbura.
Mashonaland Central has a population of 1 152 520 and major economic activities include agriculture, agro-processing of citrus fruits and dairy products.