Zimbabwe: Devolution Champions Begin Advocacy On Radio

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Demand to implement chapter 14 section 264 of the Zimbabwean constitution has been activated with young women emphasizing and advocating for instant implementation of the policy framework to expedite equitable allocation of resources nationwide.

This afternoon, at least four devolution champions participated in a Skyz Metro FM radio program where they spoke about the importance of devolution. These four young women are part of the 30 who attended a training on devolution which commenced on Tuesday 12 March 2019 and ended on Wednesday 13 March 2019.

Speaking during the programme, Zanele Nyathi a representative from Gwanda said resources are not being distributed equally among provinces and this is resulting in increased levels of underdevelopment.

"In Gwanda, we have vast resources which include gold mines, beef canning and other natural resources which are of a high monetary value. However, with a myriad of resources, the town still lags behind in economic and infrastructural development," said Nyathi.

Tinotenda Chisiri, a research officer at the Research and Advocacy Unit (RAU) said devolution involves the equitable allocation and distribution of government resources throughout the 10 provinces.

"Currently, the central government has been administering local government activities and this has been causing delays and resulting in administrative bottlenecks," said Chisiri.

Mass Public Opinion Institute Research Officer, Simangele Moyo-Nyede reiterated Chisiri's comments highlighting that devolution is a form of decentralization that gives provinces power to administer their own resources and use revenue generated for the development of the area.

Women's Institute for Leadership Development (WILD) Communications Manager, Mthokozisi Ndebele said young women are a demographic that should actively participate in demanding implementation of devolution.

"In celebration of women's month, we have partnered with RAU to train these young women so that they become devolution champions," said Ndebele.

The objectives of devolution are supported by the general principles of provincial and local government enshrined in section 265 of the Constitution. The provision provides that provincial and metropolitan councils and local authorities must, within their spheres 'ensure good governance by being effective, transparent, accountable and institutionally coherent'. They must 'assume only those functions conferred on them by the Constitution or an Act of Parliament'.

Source: Women's Institute for Leadership Development (WILD)

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