Monday, April 29, 2019

Local authorities must attract own investment: Minister of State

Local authorities in Masvingo province have been challenged to be competitive in attracting investments by improving the ease of doing business and service delivery.

Following adoption of the devolution concept aimed at achieving decentralising development in the country, local authorities in Masvingo Province have been urged to redesign and renew their urban landscape towards setting modern towns which attracts investment.

Speaking at the official commissioning of a 2.4 km tarred road by Chiredzi Town Council, the Minister of State for Masvingo Province, Cde Ezra Chadzamira said it is time local authorities identify and address inequalities and development gaps in their areas.

“As we work towards President Mnangagwa’s vision 2030, it is important for Chiredzi Town Council and all other local authorities to have a serious desire in creating an enabling environment for business to grow. They must be competitive enough to attract investment,” he said.

As Chiredzi Town Council works towards achieving municipal status by 2023, there is need for vibrant development initiatives and infrastructure development projects.

“After receiving our allocation from ZINARA to a total tune of $700 000, we decided to prioritise this road which links our people from the high density suburb to our shopping and administrative service centres. Our main priority is to ensure quality service delivery,” Chiredzi Town Council Chairperson, Mr Gibson Hwende said.

Chiredzi West Legislator, Cde Farai Msikavanhu said it is important that stakeholders work together including residents supporting their local authority by paying their rates for improved service delivery. Chiredzi Town Council is embarking on a road rehabilitation programme which has seen the West and Warth road being refurbished this year through funds from ZINARA.