People from Binga have hailed Zanu-PF for initiating various projects that have changed livelihoods in their area. The projects include the Bulawayo Kraal Irrigation Scheme, upgrading of Luvimbi Clinic and rehabilitation of the road from Siyabuwa to Chunga, among other developmental programmes.
Binga Rural District Council chief executive Mr Joshua Muzamba told The Herald that they presented their challenges to Vice-President Mujuru during her visit to Binga last month.
He said the traditional chiefs also expressed concern over the long distances they were travelling to access maize from the Grain Marketing Board. Mr Muzamba said the communities in Binga had witnessed a number of positive developments since VP Mujuru's visit.
"We are pleased and humbled by the commitment the VP attaches to the development of this area," said Mr Muzamba.
"She came and spent two days here last month assessing the challenges we are facing. As a result of her visit a lot developmental activities are now taking place.
"Last Wednesday Transport, Communication and Infrastructural Development permanent secretary Mr Munesu Munodawafa came here to assess the state of the road from Siyabuwa to Chunga."
VP Mujuru, said Mr Muzamba, promised that the road had to be rehabilitated before the end of the year. Mr Muzamba said the road was difficult to navigate, especially during the rainy season. Zinara, he said, was now working on contractual logistics before work commences on the road that was last rehabilitated soon after independence in 1980.
During her tour of Binga, VP Mujuru ordered that part of the money from the Matabeleland North Share Ownership Scheme should be used to upgrade the clinic and electrification of Luvimbi Secondary School.
Chief Sikalenga, Mr Charles Bayela, said the Binga traditional leadership were happy with the development in their area.
"The Bulawayo Kraal Irrigation Scheme is one of the major projects in this area," said Chief Sikalenga. "This is a drought-prone area, but very soon we will be farming all year round."