De­vo­lu­tion cake for Man­i­ca­land

The Manica Post - - Front Page -

MAN­I­CA­LAND has so far used 86 per­cent of the $124 894 886 de­vo­lu­tion funds al­lo­cated to the prov­ince, The Man­ica Post has es­tab­lished.

This trans­lates to $107 257 657, with most lo­cal au­thor­i­ties hav­ing ac­quit­ted them­selves well in the man­ner they have been util­is­ing the funds.

Man­i­ca­land Pro­vin­cial Af­fairs and De­vo­lu­tion Min­is­ter Dr Ellen Gwaradz­imba said some lo­cal au­thor­i­ties were us­ing the money to build schools and clin­ics.

Oth­ers have pro­cured cap­i­tal equip­ment to en­hance ser­vice de­liv­ery, while some have fur­nished and equipped schools and clin­ics in their ju­ris­dic­tions.

“Reg­u­lar sys­tem checks are be­ing con­ducted in lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to en­hance cor­po­rate and lo­cal gov­er­nance. Re­cent sys­tem checks were done at Rusape Town Coun­cil, Chipinge Town Coun­cil and Buhera Ru­ral District Coun­cil.

“De­vo­lu­tion projects are be­ing closely mon­i­tored and monthly re­ports are be­ing sub­mit­ted to the Of­fice of the Pres­i­dent and Cabi­net.

“The prov­ince has since sub­mit­ted high im­pact projects to be in­cor­po­rated in the

Na­tional De­vel­op­ment Strat­egy (NDS) 1 to be rolled out from 2021 to 2025,” said Dr Gwaradz­imba.

Chipinge and Makoni Ru­ral District Coun­cils are among the ma­jor ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the de­vo­lu­tion funds. In 2019, Chipinge RDC re­ceived $14, 8 mil­lion; while in 2020, the lo­cal author­ity re­ceived $53 mil­lion from the al­lo­cated $57 mil­lion. Chipinge RDC chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Mr Bless­ing Mamvosha, said the coun­cil also used $825 796 from its own cof­fers to aug­ment money al­lo­cated by Gov­ern­ment for de­vo­lu­tion projects.

“For 2020, we re­ceived $53 mil­lion. Project

al­lo­ca­tions cov­ered all our wards and were based on pri­or­ity. We have a projects se­lec­tion com­mit­tee and we also chipped in with our own re­sources to help com­plete some of the projects.

“Our projects in­clude clin­ics re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, pur­chas­ing of earthmovin­g ve­hi­cles, road main­te­nance, re­con­struc­tion of class­room blocks and buy­ing of school fur­ni­ture. These projects are at var­i­ous stages of com­ple­tion.

“On av­er­age, we are above 80 per­cent com­ple­tion rate,” said Mr Mamvosha.

The two Makoni coun­cils, Makoni RDC and Rusape Town Coun­cil, have so far re­ceived at least $17 mil­lion.

Makoni RDC, which su­per­in­tends over 70 000 house­holds, got the largest chunk of $13 mil­lion, while Rusape Town Coun­cil got $4 150 000.

Makoni is the largest district in the prov­ince, with 49 wards, in­clud­ing Rusape, and more than 350 000 in­hab­i­tants.

Makoni RDC chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Dr Edward Pise said: “We re­ceived $13 mil­lion and used it to buy refuse com­pactors for Nyazura and Head­lands as well as a tip­per truck for our roads depart­ment.

“We used part of the money to con­struct Nzvimbe Clinic in a record nine months and in­stalled a so­lar sys­tem.

“We have also re­vamped the sewer retic­u­la­tion sys­tem for Nyazura and bought com­put­ers and sur­vey equip­ment for the coun­cil,” said Dr Pise, adding that pri­or­ity is on re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of dam­aged schools and roads.

He also said work is in progress at two clin­ics — one in Makoni North and an­other in Head­lands — where peo­ple are trav­el­ling for about 25km to ac­cess health ser­vices.

“In ad­di­tion, about 17 of our pri­mary and sec­ondary schools were se­verely af­fected by hail­storm last year.

“Each school was at­tended to — the roofs were re­paired, thereby cre­at­ing an con­ducive learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment for the stu­dents,” said Dr Pise.

On the other hand, the $4 157 000 al­lo­cated to Rusape Town Coun­cil this year was chanelled to­wards Magamba Ex­ten­sion’s wa­ter retic­u­la­tion.

Magamba Ex­ten­sion has about 1 150 houses and these had gone for 10 years with­out run­ning wa­ter.

Rusape Town Coun­cil chair­man, Coun­cil­lor Ly­ton Sit­hole said: “All the houses in Magamba Ex­ten­sion can now ac­cess wa­ter. Coun­cil had been fail­ing to raise the re­quired fund­ing for the project but we have now con­nected the res­i­dents through the de­vo­lu­tion funds.”

In Mu­tasa, the RDC re­ceived $11,9 mil­lion. The coun­cil’s chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Mr Ge­orge Ban­dure, said equip­ment cap­i­tal­i­sa­tion will see their ser­vice de­liv­ery im­prov­ing.

“De­vo­lu­tion funds en­abled us to pro­cure a tip­per truck which has since been de­liv­ered.

“We are cur­rently us­ing it for spot grav­el­ling works.

“This has en­abled coun­cil to save as most of the coun­cil’s funds were be­ing spent on equip­ment hire.

“We also pro­cured a Back­hoe loader, which has since been de­liv­ered.

“We are also con­struct­ing a Small to Medium En­ter­prises in­dus­trial hub in Hauna, Honde Valley.

“The idea was mooted af­ter dis­cov­er­ing that a large num­ber of peo­ple, es­pe­cially the youths, are in the SME sec­tor. We are there­fore con­struct­ing about 20 sheds for the young en­trepreneur­s.

“So far we man­aged to mo­bilise some re­sources for the com­mence­ment of works, but progress is be­ing de­layed due to un­avail­abil­ity of com­mon bricks within the lo­cal com­mu­nity,” said Mr Ban­dure.

How­ever, while re­mark­able progress has been made on so­cial ameni­ties, the pro­vin­cial lead­er­ship is con­cerned with the state of ma­jor roads like the Mu­ram­binda-Birchenoug­h Bridge Road, which has taken many years to com­plete.

“While the Mu­ram­binda-Birchenoug­h Bridge Road has a na­tional sta­tus, progress on the ground is not vis­i­ble and we are con­cerned. We rec­om­mend that the re­spon­si­ble Min­istry of Trans­port and In­fras­truc­tural De­vel­op­ment sub-con­tract rep­utable con­trac­tors to ex­e­cute the work with speed and ef­fi­ciency.

“The Mutare-Nyanga Road also re­quire ur­gent at­ten­tion as it is now a death trap to tourists vis­it­ing Nyanga. Our roads in Man­i­ca­land, due to the ter­rain, are dif­fi­cult to nav­i­gate and there­fore they need to be main­tained,” said Dr Gwaradz­imba.

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