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Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Mon­day, Au­gust 25, 1991 — The Mata­bele­land North Pro­vin­cial Coun­cil has adopted the prov­ince’s fiveyear plan, a draft of which was brought be­fore the coun­cil in May.

The plan was adopted at a spe­cial meet­ing in Bu­l­awayo at which the wa­ter sit­u­a­tion in the prov­ince was dis­cussed.

The plan out­lines de­vel­op­ment pro­jects which need to be un­der­taken in the five years be­gin­ning this year. How­ever, some mem­bers of the Coun­cil ex­pressed dis­ap­point­ment at what they said were var­i­ous im­por­tant pro­jects, such as the build­ing of dams, bridges and roads, which were left out of the plan.

Plan­ners who are em­ploy­ees of the Min­istry of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Ru­ral and Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment, ex­plained that the plan looked at gen­eral pro­jects. They said spe­cific pro­jects were dealt with in the 1991-92 an­nual plan.

The Gov­er­nor for Mata­bele­land North, Ma­jor-Gen­eral Je­van Maseko, sug­gested that since the an­nual plan was al­ready late and the Gov­ern­ment had re­leased its na­tional an­nual plan, the pro­vin­cial an­nual de­vel­op­ment plan should be re­vised.

By do­ing so the prov­ince would iden­tify the pro­jects which were left out in the na­tional an­nual de­vel­op­ment plan and put them in the 1991-92 de­vel­op­ment plan which should be ready by Novem­ber this year.

In his con­tri­bu­tion, the out-go­ing Mayor of Bu­l­awayo, Clr Den­nis Ndlovu, re­quested that peo­ple from Bu­l­awayo and sur­round­ing ar­eas be given pref­er­ence in open­ing businesses in the de­vel­op­ment ar­eas of ru­ral Mata­bele­land North.

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