By Tambaoga Gora
The Memorandum of Understanding between Mashonaland West Province and Kavango East region of Namibia is being reviewed after some of the agreements were stalled by the COVID -19 pandemic.
The Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution in Mashonaland West Province, Hon Mary Mliswa is in Kavango East region in Namibia for a review of the memorandum of understanding between the two sister provinces.
Minister Mliswa highlighted some of the outstanding issues that have been stalled by the COVID- 19 pandemic which include the setting up of a special purpose vehicle to finance the implementation of the MOU.
“The task at hand is enormous and we have a number of outstanding issues that we need to pursue such as enrollment of students at Chinhoyi University of Technology, Gwebi and Chibero, training of small-scale farmers through exchange visits, twining between Kariba, Rundu and Chinhoyi,” she said.
The newly appointed governor for Kavango East region, Honourable Bonifatius Wakadumo noted the need to come up with innovative ways to leapfrog impediments caused by the COVID- 19 pandemic.
“The outbreak of COVID- 19 pandemic which caused disruption of life has taught us a lesson that we need innovative ways of doing things to ensure survival and subsequent development of our people I would like to commend for the foundation laid through signing of the MOU as it provides the basis of how we should relate to each other in terms of governance, people to people’s co-operation,” Honourable Wakadumo said.
Minister Mliswa is accompanied by Zimbabwe’s Ambassador to Namibia, Ambassador Rofina Chikava.
The relationship between the two provinces is a culmination of strong bilateral ties between Namibia and Zimbabwe.