Mash Central convenes development coordinating meeting

By Tapiwa Machemedze

THE ruling ZANU PF Party, government departments and legislators have been challenged to synchronise developmental efforts in order to accelerate attainment of NDS1 targets.

Mashonaland Central convened its inaugural development committee meeting targeting to accelerate social and economic growth of the province.

The meeting chaired by ZANU PF Mashonaland Central Chairman, Cde Kazembe Kazembe brought together players in development planning , comprising ruling party leaders, central and local government heads as well as legislators.

“This is our Inaugural development meeting. We sat down amid the realisation that there is miscommunication between the government, party and the people, so we decided to sit and meet so that Mwmbers of Parliament who represent the people understand the good works of government,” said Hon. Kazembe Kazembe, ZANU PF Mashonaland Central Chairman.

Mashonaland Central Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Senator Monica Mavhunga outlined the development route government is undertaking in the province.

“This year the province has so far been allocated ZWL$140. 5 million in devolution funds. These disbursements have seen an increase in the rate at which projects are being completed. I have commissioned several projects in all the eight administrative districts of our great province,” she said.

Legislators raised several challenges they encounter as they engage government departments on behalf of their constituencies.

We have investors who want to build a smelting plant in Guruve, those are the investors we expect to uplift the area, they submitted their EIA ages ago but some officers are dragging their feet,” said Brigadier General (Rtd) Walter Kanhanga.

I’m happy the ministry is here today, we sat down with them three months ago at Denda, Chabwino and they said a bulldozer is in Shamva and they are coming but nothing has come up to now. If DDF is here they have many issues they promise to come and they don’t come,” noted Hon Remigio Matangira, Bindura South Legislator.

The development committee meeting comes at a time government has reconfigured provincial government structures by appointing  secretaries for provincial affairs and devolution and directors in the same department to work with the Ministers of State to accelerate project implementation in line with devolution.