. . . com­mends Bu­l­awayo in­vestors

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Tendai Mu­gabe in BU­L­AWAYO

PRES­I­DENT Mnan­gagwa yes­ter­day com­mis­sioned projects worth over $2 bil­lion cham­pi­oned by lo­cal in­vestors and con­grat­u­lated the province for tak­ing a lead in im­ple­ment­ing provin­cial eco­nomic ini­tia­tives un­der the Sec­ond Repub­lic born out of the July 30 har­monised elec­tions.

This is in line with the de­cen­tral­i­sa­tion of power as en­vis­aged in Sec­tion (2) of the coun­try’s Con­sti­tu­tion that calls for de­vo­lu­tion of power to prov­inces.

The two projects — $2 bil­lion Hopeville hous­ing project and $2 mil­lion Turn Mata­bele­land Green Tomato pro­cess­ing plant — speak to Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa’s pol­icy thrust that in the Sec­ond Repub­lic, pol­i­tics should take the back seat while eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment takes cen­tre stage.

The Pres­i­dent told stake­hold­ers at the two events to be alive to the con­cept of de­vo­lu­tion and the need to de­velop provin­cial Gross Do­mes­tic Prod­uct (GDP).

To ac­cel­er­ate growth of provin­cial economies, Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa said Gov­ern­ment would be re­vis­it­ing all idle Me­moranda of Un­der­stand­ing signed by var­i­ous min­istries to en­sure the na­tion ben­e­fited.

“As I al­luded to in my in­au­gu­ra­tion state­ment, my Gov­ern­ment will be im­ple­ment­ing the de­vo­lu­tion of Gov­ern­ment pow­ers and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

“I, thus, call upon all stake­hold­ers, pri­vate and public in­sti­tu­tions, to be alive to this new phi­los­o­phy of provin­cial eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment where prov­inces are ex­pected to plan and grow their provin­cial GDPs,” said the Pres­i­dent.

“In the same vein, I in­vite the in­sti­tu­tions of higher learn­ing, the academia and in­tel­li­gentsia within the re­spec­tive prov­inces, to equally con­trib­ute to the plan­ning, de­vel­op­ment and growth of these en­vis­aged provin­cial economies.

“This time around we are go­ing to in­sti­tute provin­cial coun­cils across all the prov­inces as per de­mand of our con­sti­tu­tion. The task is for these provin­cial coun­cils, to­gether with Ru­ral District Coun­cils in the re­spec­tive ar­eas, to make sure they plan the growth of their prov­inces. We want to see the GDPs of prov­inces grow­ing and I am happy that Bu­l­awayo has taken the lead,” he said.

“I also urge all prov­inces to re­visit the ex­ist­ing po­ten­tial projects as well as fa­cil­i­tate new in­vest­ments into their prov­inces. At Gov­ern-

ment level, we are with im­me­di­ate ef­fect re­vis­it­ing all MoUs which were signed and have been ly­ing idle within the var­i­ous min­istries. My ad­min­is­tra­tion will en­sure that the na­tion re­alises real value from MoUs and agree­ments signed with other Gov­ern­ments. The era of sign­ing agree­ments that are not im­ple­mented is over. Our bu­reau­cracy must stand warned. Things have changed.”

Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa said the Hopeville hous­ing project would help ease hous­ing short­age in Bu­l­awayo and also cre­ate em­ploy­ment for lo­cal peo­ple.

“This project will equally stim­u­late em­ploy­ment cre­ation di­rectly in the con­struc­tion process as well along down­stream in­dus­tries such as steel fab­ri­ca­tion, join­ery, tim­ber, plumb­ing and elec­tri­cal prod­ucts, among oth­ers. Again I con­grat­u­late Bu­l­awayo for tak­ing the lead. I urge the com­pa­nies in­volved in the hous­ing de­vel­op­ment projects to al­ways seek to work with and em­power small and medium en­ter­prises, women and youths. Go­ing for­ward, we call for con­cur­rent de­vel­op­ment be­tween hous­ing set­tle­ments and eco­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties in the re­spec­tive ar­eas. It is our hope that the growth of such in­vest­ments de­notes the rise and re-birth of Bu­l­awayo province.”

The Hopeville Hous­ing Project tar­gets to build 15 000 houses for dif­fer­ent in­come groups in the next 10 years.

It will also have a busi­ness com­plex and upon com­ple­tion it is ex­pected be big­ger than the size of Gwanda in terms of hous­ing units.

As such Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa said Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Hous­ing and Public Works Min­is­ter Cde July Moyo had rec­om­mended that the com­mu­nity be given mu­nic­i­pal sta­tus upon com­ple­tion. With re­gards to the Turn­ing Mata­bele­land Green tomato pro­cess­ing plant, Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa said it was also a wel­come ini­tia­tive as it was in line with Gov­ern­ment’s pol­icy of ben­e­fi­ci­a­tion and value ad­di­tion of agri­cul­tural pro­duce.

The Turn­ing Mata­bele­land Green plant has the ca­pac­ity to process 1, 5 mil­lion toma­toes daily.

Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa said the two projects were crit­i­cal to re­vival of in­dus­try in Bu­l­awayo.

Hopeville Hous­ing Scheme project leader Mr Jim R. God­dard and Mr Peter Cun­ning­ham of Turn­ing Mata­bele­land Green com­mit­ted to work with Gov­ern­ment to turn around the econ­omy and en­sure Vi­sion 2030 is a re­al­ity. The com­mis­sion­ing of the two projects was at­tended by Vice Pres­i­dent Kembo Mo­hadi and sev­eral Cabi­net Min­is­ters.

Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa stresses a point to Mr Jim Ross God­dard yes­ter­day af­ter com­mis­sion­ing the Hopeville Hous­ing Scheme in Bu­l­awayo

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