BULAWAYO, Thursday, October 10, 1991 — The Member of Parliament for Silobela, Cde Steven Vuma, has called on the Government to give priority to the area, which he said lagged far behind other areas in terms of development.
Cde Vuma said Silobela, whose development was adversely affected by dissident activities, needed to be given top priority if it was to catch up with other areas.
He said the roads were poor and there were not enough schools, boreholes and dams.
Cde Vuma said despite the fact that livestock-rearing was the only viable mode of farming in the area, which received marginal rainfall, there were no grazing schemes.
“The people in my constituency feel they have been neglected for too long,’’ said Cde Vuma.
He said if the Government accepted that the area was underdeveloped as a result of the dissident menace, then it should be given priority.
The 10 secondary schools in the area, he said, were underdeveloped and only two of them were registered with the Ministry of Education and Culture.
As a result, eight of the schools were not receiving Government grants.
Cde Vuma said the parents, who were supposed to help develop the schools, did not have the means to do so.
“How can people who cannot afford their own food be asked to develop schools?’’ asked Cde Vuma.
Teacher accommodation at the schools was appalling and as a result teachers disliked working in the area.