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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.

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