Government commits to power devolution

by Rungano Dzikira

President Emmerson Mnangagwa says Government is committed to devolution of power and will see to its implementation once retained to power after July harmonised election.

Speaking at a Zanu PF rally at the Chinhoyi University of Technology grounds to drum up support for the revolutionary party ahead of the July 30 polls, the President said that it was now time to decentralize power from Harare and allow provinces to economically empower themselves.

"The new dispensation is prioritizing economics over politics, so we are saying let's decentralize power from Harare and allow each province to benefit from their own resources," he said.

"As Mashonaland West you have everything. Lithium munayo, gold munayo, chrome munayo, magetsi munawo, agriculture munayo so hapana chinokukonesai kuita upfumi kuti muve Mashonaland Best.

“For us to prosper, we should leverage on what every province has for development in that region. Mash West has everything in place for development. We are talking about devolution so that provinces fail on their own."

The new dispensation previously said devolution of power would enable them realize their goal of achieving a middle class economy by 2030 since there will be reorganization and transfer of responsibilities and resources from the national Government, and a sound financial base for each province.

In light of this economic drive, President said Government’s thrust on engagement and re-engagement would yield to a win-win business partnership for the country and challenged party cadres to be good recepients of investors coming to their provinces.

Government is currently canvassing for FDI and partnerships under the Zimbabwe is open for business mantra and President advised that "everything that they are building for us will remain behind for our use and benefit, havasi kuzoenda nazvo zvinenge zvava zvedu," he added.