Umz­ing­wane Con­stituency De­vel­op­ment Trust launched

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Belinda Moyo Sun­day News Re­porter

ZANU-PF Sen­a­tor for Mata­bele­land South Cde Themba Mathuthu has ap­plauded the Gov­ern­ment’s ini­tia­tive on de­vo­lu­tion of power as a form of ad­min­is­tra­tive de­cen­tral­i­sa­tion that will en­sure de­vel­op­ment of dis­tricts.

The Gov­ern­ment is work­ing on modal­i­ties to­wards the im­ple­men­ta­tion of de­vo­lu­tion that would see prov­inces run­ning their re­spec­tive economies.

Speak­ing on the side­lines of Umz­ing­wane Stake­hold­ers con­fer­ence hosted by the Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for Umz­ing­wane Con­stituency Cde Bri­gadier Gen­eral Re­tired Levi May­ihlome at Esikhoveni Cen­tre yes­ter­day, Cde Mathuthu said de­vo­lu­tion of power was a wheel to­wards de­vel­op­ment and peo­ple’s em­pow­er­ment.

“It is a good thing that we are gath­ered here to­day to en­sure the mantra of de­vo­lu­tion of power that is al­ways preached about by the Pres­i­dent is im­ple­mented in this con­stituency. De­vo­lu­tion of power is a move to­wards de­vel­op­ment and em­pow­er­ment. Gone are the days when we used to watch peo­ple ex­tract­ing min­er­als from our com­mu­nity and de­vel­op­ing an­other com­mu­nity, this is a new era, a new dis­pen­sa­tion where we are go­ing to see the de­vel­op­ment of Umz­ing­wane and the em­pow­er­ment of its peo­ple, em­pow­er­ment in terms of in­de­pen­dence where they can de­velop them­selves with­out lean­ing on any­one, the de­pen­dency syn­drome is over. Now we work to bet­ter our­selves with­out wait­ing for any­one,” he said.

He said that the im­ple­men­ta­tion of de­vo­lu­tion of power in Umz­ing­wane will guar­an­tee equal dis­tri­bu­tion of re­sources to en­rich ev­ery­one in the dis­trict.

“We are look­ing for­ward that with this de­cen­tral­i­sa­tion, es­pe­cially at Umz­ing­wane, the cake will be shared equally to all wards and en­rich every Umz­ing­wane chil­dren, I mean ev­ery­one born in Umz­ing­wane shall ben­e­fit from all the re­sources the dis­trict. This is a very rich dis­trict, tourist at­trac­tion, gold is mined in this dis­trict, and some of the wa­ter that is used in Bu­l­awayo is from Mz­ing­wane dam but Umz­ing­wane dis­trict lies help­less and un­der­de­vel­oped and poor. So de­cen­tral­i­sa­tion will en­sure that all these re­sources are uti­lized to de­velop this dis­trict as the dis­trict will be able to fi­nance it­self,” said Cde Mathuthu.

The Umz­ing­wane dis­trict is pop­u­larly known for its so­cio-eco­nomic dy­nam­ics where peo­ple flock from dif­fer­ent ar­eas in search for gold as well as ex­ploit­ing the good soils for agri­cul­ture.

Ad­dress­ing the same com­mu­nity, Cde May­ihlome urged Umz­ing­wane peo­ple to be in­volved in the de­vel­op­ment of the con­stituency.

He out­lined his vi­sion in part­ner­ing peo­ple from dif­fer­ent stakes to en­sure de­vel­op­ment is reached.

“The pur­pose of my brief to­day is for us to have an idea chart, we have to utilise every re­source and the idea is to have to bet­ter of Umz­ing­wane, from Agri­cul­ture, tourism, min­ing and ICTs,” he said.

The meet­ing was at­tended by the rul­ing party mem­bers, coun­cil­lors, tra­di­tional lead­ers, busi­ness peo­ple, civil ser­vants, farm­ers and state en­ter­prises, among oth­ers. Cde May­ihlome is cham­pi­oning the launch and suc­cess of the Umz­ing­wane De­vel­op­ment Trust, which will be a de­vel­op­ment ve­hi­cle in the con­stituency.

In a biz­zare in­ci­dent un­known peo­ple pounced on a hyena that was hit by a ve­hi­cle and chopped off its ears, paws, nose and tail along the Bu­l­awayo-Beit­bridge road at Mazunga area. It is sus­pected that those prac­tic­ing witch­craft make use of the an­i­mal parts. (Pic­ture by Eliah Saushoma)

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