Gwanda villagers identify three projects to develop under devolution

By Dumisani Nyoni

GWANDA Rural
District Council (RDC) villagers have identified three key projects to be
developed under the devolution programme, one of them being resuscitation of
Liebicks Canary dealing with beef products.

In his 2019 National Budget presentation recently, Finance and Economic Development minister Professor Mthuli Ncube set aside $310 million to facilitate the process of devolution in the country.

As such, all
provinces are expected to plan and implement their economic growth and
development using their factor endowments, with central government contributing
through the 5% allocation annually.

The evolution
strategy also embraces initiatives to facilitate establishment of companies in
various districts, in line with the thrust to enhance production in respective
provinces, with the long established Growth Points being epicentres of this
developmental thrust.

This would
help government achieve middle-income economy by 2030.

In preparation for this, Gwanda RDC villagers in conjunction with Community Youth Development Trust (CYDT) on recently convened a meeting where they resolved to resuscitate the once vibrant Liebicks Canary as well as constructing the Manyange bridge in Gwanda North and renovate Gwanda mortuary.

Speaking
during the meeting, ward 14 councillor, Phineas Maphosa said the resuscitation
of Liebicks Canary was ideal.

“It is very
attainable considering that young people will be able to benefit from its
proceeds and also get employed,” Maphosa said.

Maphosa said
young people and other community members needed to benefit from the locally
available resources as per the provisions of the Constitution under Chapter 14,
hence the need to make more noise that will force the government to ensure
restoration of that factory.

Liebicks
Canary, situated at West Nicholson, used to employ thousands of people in the
district but collapsed due to economic hardships.

The meeting
also came up with two more projects which residents felt were of equally
important  and agreed to lobby for their
funding through the RDC finance committee and other development agencies.

These were
the construction of the Manyange bridge in Gwanda North and renovation of the
Gwanda mortuary which services communities across the district.

In support
of the Manyange dam as the second priority project, the house made reference to
the 2017 floods which saw more than 1 000 people from about 200 homesteads in
Manyange village trapped for two weeks due to flooded rivers that have isolated
the area, threatening villagers with starvation.

Under a
devolved state, each province will have its own economic development plan
underpinned by resources found in that province. Economic plans will be crafted
by provincial councils, led by provincial ministers, whose role should also be
development-oriented.

CYDT said by
implementing a project that seeks to enhance local governance in Zimbabwe and
strengthen youth voice in such processes, would make them get motivation around
taking an active role in community development for the betterment of service
delivery.

“In a world
where development is suppressed due to lack of maybe fair distribution of
resources and also community involvement, there is need for adoption of
strategies around participatory planning which later give community members
ownership and sense of belonging,” the organisation said.

“As CYDT, we
strongly believe that good community development is action that helps people to
recognize and develop their ability, potential and organize themselves to
respond to problems and needs which they share in a holistic manner.”

The
organisation supports the establishment of strong communities that control and
use assets to promote social justice and help improve the quality of community
life. 

“All this goes an extra mile in enabling community and public agencies to work together to improve the quality of government,” CYDT said.