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Provinces could be affected by devolution limitations
in Zimbabwe Coalition
September 25, 2013
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practitioners in civil society have said the emerging limitations
on devolution, owing to the appointment of Provincial Ministers
could bureaucratize and retard the pace of development in the various
provinces which are lagging behind.
practitioner working in Midlands, Mzwandile Ndlovu said the fact
that devolution of power to the provinces was under siege made prospects
of development in those areas bleak.
a shame that devolution appears to be dying as that could have been
the starting point,” he said.
Zimbabwe’s central province was endowed with natural resources
which could aid its development such as platinum, chrome and asbestos
in places like Zvishavane and Shurugwi, and untapped gold deposits
must be invested in supporting those in the mining industry to tap
this wealth which should develop the province,” Ndlovu said.
“Industry also needs to be revived in the largely dormant
cities of Gweru and Kwekwe.
like Bata and David Whitehead are in dire need of recapitalization
in Gweru while the Essar deal needs to be expedited to rescue the
suffering Zisco employees in Kwekwe and Redclifff.
also needs to be rendered to the struggling cotton farmers in Gokwe.”
the Programs Manager of Masvingo-based Community
for Tolerance Reconciliation and Development (COTRAD) said the
introduction of Provincial Ministers could have been made on political
rather than developmental considerations.
minister will take over and fill the shoes of the previous Provincial
Governors,” Muzorodzi said. “Their main task is not
all about development but to maintain the supremacy of Zanu-PF and
guard the constituency won by Zanu-PF.”
pointed to the fact that the southern dry region needed attention
in many areas for it to develop.
is a drought stricken province and they are still silent about hunger
and malnutrition in the province,” Muzorodzi said. “The
dualisation of the cash cow Masvingo-Beitbridge road must be the
of Cold Storage Commission(CSC) and the issue of livestock production,
completion of Tokwe Mkosi dam, revival of Mashava asbestos mine;
all these can be employment creation hubs for the youths if implemented
in good faith.”
generally on the development program the new government must come
up with over the next five years, Edison Chakuma, a former Workers’
Union Secretary General at Zimbabwe Sugar Refinery who is studying
at Hamburg University in Germany, said there was need to look at
should prioritize spending on water, roads, electricity and resuscitating
closed companies,” he said. “And assisting farming especially
maize, wheat and soya beans production, so that we cut down on food
we are not at war, the government must consider having a big irrigated
farm that soldiers can do serious farming of maize, wheat and soya
beans for country's reserves.”
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