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.