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Buhera residents eye accelerated development

Story by Kenias Chivuzhe

BUHERA residents look ahead with optimism for continued development and implementation of projects started five years ago.

The end of the election period has increased hopes of accelerated development in Buhera with residents optimistic that the fulfilment of the Second Republic election promises will transform the local economy.

“The winning of ZANU-PF in Buhera speaks volumes to the capacity of the ruling party in promoting development. Development is already taking place due to irrigation schemes. We have many mines with Lithium being found in Buhera and we expect our legislators to work together to ensure meaningful development from our minerals. The president promised us irrigation schemes and we are looking forward to such development,” said a Buhera resident.

Another resident said, “We are also looking forward to the tarring of Birchenough Moribund Road and the establishment of more gardening projects will certainly improve food security.”

“We are happy with the construction of Marovanyati Dam, and we are looking forward to the establishment of more irrigation schemes,” said a Buhera resident.

The Buhera Development Forum that organised victory celebrations for Buhera West legislator, Cde Tafadzwa Mugwadi this Saturday pledged to continue partnering with the government in promoting the development agenda.

“We have done four clinics in Buhera. We are about 300 people from all over the world and our members fund the projects. We want to make use of three water bodies that are Marovanyati, Ruti Dam and Nerutanga Dam in the district to start projects that promote sustainability,” said the chairperson of Buhera Development Forum, John Makumbe.

The ruling party has reassured the Buhera community that voting for ZANU PF was an investment towards development.

ZANU PF Manicaland provincial secretary for Information and Publicity, Sam Matema said, “No one will be left behind in the development trajectory and we are excited at the incremental value by the ruling party during the last elections. We now need all the people to unite regardless of political affiliations to develop our district.”

“We are now looking forward to fulfilling promises made to the people during the campaign period. Now that we have won, there is a need to work together to ensure availability of water, the establishment of dip tanks, nutritional gardens, irrigation schemes as well as the implementation of road rehabilitation programmes,” said Buhera West legislator, Honourable Tafadzwa Mugwadi.

The government has commended the Buhera Development Forum for complimenting the government’s development agenda.

Manicaland Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Advocate Misheck Mugadza said, “The legislator, President and all councillors won resoundingly in Buhera district. We are excited that the locals have formed the Buhera Development Forum and are working with party representatives to promote development. In Buhera, there are a lot of minerals and Marovanyati Dam and we are glad that the development forum is also focusing on such issues to develop the district.”

With Buhera being a drought-prone region, investments in irrigation, mining and tourism are expected to be the major drivers of economic growth in the district.

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