GOKWE: Over 300 farmers in Gokwe had lost the hope of selling their products as their designated marketplace was closed due to a cholera outbreak, water crisis and lack of ablution facilities.
The market, popularly known as Mudurawall is where most farmers sell their produce and get money to take care of their family needs.
Zimbabwe Coalition on Debt and Development (ZIMCODD), through its radio listening club initiative, empowered the residents to approach Gokwe Sengwa Member of Parliament, Paul Mavima and take urgent action on the matter.
Mavima said devolution funds will be channelled to the water project and ablution facilities at the market.
“This is the largest marketplace here in Gokwe, and also a source of income for the farmers. World Vision will assist with these boreholes. I am pushing that devolution funds will be used to continue the development of this place,” said Mavima.
One of the vendors, Jacob Sithole, applauded ZIMCODD for introducing radio listening clubs which have equipped them with the capacity to demand and engage for transparency and accountability.
“Would like to applaud ZIMCODD because we are now aware of our rights even the constitution says we have a right to clean water and a healthy environment, “said Sithole.
Over 467 households have benefited through the public solar boreholes and it is now business as usual at the Gokwe market.
Meanwhile, the Gokwe vendors are also set to benefit from proper market stalls which were promised by the MP.