GWERU – Chirumhanzu Rural District Council (RDC) has utilised its devolution funds towards construction of four clinics and classroom blocks dotted around several resettlement areas.
Speaking to CommuTalk News, Chirumhanzu RDC CEO, Lovemore Chatikobo said projects underway had primarily targeted resettlements since infrastructure in these areas had been under developed.
He also highlighted that devolution funds had helped in sustaining operations following low revenue collection during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Devolution funds have helped us develop our community and to date four clinics are set to be commissioned. The clinics are at Hwata, Chimbindi, Chapwanya and Musena. All will be commissioned in October, November, January and February respectively.
“We are also working on construction of classroom blocks. These projects are primarily targeting resettlements as villagers there have been enduring long distances to access both health and educational facilities,” Chatikobo said.
The development comes to close some gaps exposed by CommuTalk News that had established shortage of health facilities in the said area amid a possible urban to rural migration following announcement of COVID-19 lockdowns which put thousands of villagers at risk as health facilities were not only a distant but ill equipped.
“Devolution funds have also helped us stay afloat especially considering that revenue collection was highly affected by the announcement of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown,” added Chatikobo.
Moreso, health and education in Zimbabwe are enshrined in chapters 76 and 75of the Zimbabwean constitution as human rights accorded to every nationality regardless of age, race or gender.
Meanwhile, outside devolution funds, Chirumhanzu RDC is working on upgrading the Mvuma Stadium recreational facilities as they are currently adding a netball pitch and tennis courts to the already available football pitch.