UN assesses areas of cooperation with government in Bulawayo

By ZBC Reporter

Government has reaffirmed its commitment to addressing the dire accommodation situation in Sidojiwe residential area of Bulawayo.

This was revealed by the Minister of State for Bulawayo Metropolitan Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Honourable Judith Ncube when she hosted the United Nations Heads of Mission who are in the city exploring areas of cooperation with government.

With more than 400 people against the maximum capacity of 200, Sidojiwe flats are among the oldest urban residential accommodation facilities with dilapidated infrastructure that needs urgent attention.

Officiating at the launch of a community mobile clinic by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), the Minister of State for Bulawayo Metropolitan Provincial Affairs and Devolution Hon. Judith Ncube assured the United Nations (UN) delegates the government is seized with efforts to improve the welfare and dignity of vulnerable urban citizens.

We are aware of accommodation challenges faced by people living in areas like Sidojiwe. This is a result of rural to urban migration. The government has a Cabinet approved national housing plan which will unveil over 2000 low cost houses for Bulawayo. We believe this effort will address the housing challenges we are seeing here,said Ncube.

The UN delegates who explored various areas in the city hinted on plans to capacitate small and medium entrepreneurs.

We are excited to work closely with the people of Zimbabwe and we came here to see where we can cooperate with Zimbabwean government with a particular interest on socially and economically improving people’s lives,

We want to assist entrepreneurs by renovating and equipping this workshop. We want it to be a model for the country. We look forward to put our heads together with SMEs and find map out how we can achieve this,they said.

The UN delegation also visited Thorngroove Infectious Hospital and met various communities to appreciate their operations and challenges.