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Community Tolerance Reconciliation and Development (COTRAD)
December 12, 2013
In an opinion survey
conducted by the COTRAD on 11th of December 2013 covering Masvingo
District young people from Masvingo Province have expressed great
concern over the conduct of the Ministry of Finance through its
delay to announce the 2014 fiscal budget.
are not only concerned over the delays but have also expressed great
concern in the manner in which the budget has been crafted. Respondents
noted that Government
of National Unity at least managed to bring confidence as consultations
were conducted in each province prior to the announcement of each
years fiscal budget through out the tenure of the GNU.
With a substantive government in place as a result of the
July 31st poll, reversal of gains has taken precedence and a
top down approach has been assumed by GoZ.
Communities across the
country have been disenfranchised as a result of their failure to
input into the national budget thereby reflecting the lack of socio-economic
and political will of the elected leaders in transforming and properly
representing the constituencies they serve.
Mean while Masvingo as
a province has peculiar challenges, its a drought stricken province
and in dire need of food with only two weeks supply of water left,
water rationing has already started, there was every need for the
Ministry of Finance to consult the affected communities and proffer
tangible solutions which could address the identified problems which
are lack of food security and water crisis.
Siphoning of water from
Mutirikwi Lake to sugar cane plantations in Chiredzi is underway
irregardless of the challenges the province is facing in terms of
Masvingo province faces
sever water shortage as water rationing has already commenced. The
platform to cut supplies of water to Chiredzi can not be provided
for as most politicians have benefited from the indiginisation program
through acquiring pieces of land in Chiredzi
Residents are getting
supplies of water three times per week a situation which could have
been addressed if the government through the ministry of finance
had afforded citizens a platform to interact and debate on possible
solutions and how the situation could be addressed.
of water has been precipitated by the low levels of water left in
the dam, 1 January 2013 the Mutirikwi dam was around 17% full in
terms of capacity, 1 November 2013 the capacity has gone down to
8% hence the reality Masvingo is left with 2 weeks supply of water
as the lake cannot go beyond 4%.
will therefore be creating a platform for citizens of Masvingo to
engage with the relevant stakeholders in pursuit of immediate solutions
on the water crisis.
the COTRAD fact
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