$22,5m Devolution Funds boost Chimanimani road equipment

Fungayi Munyoro

CHIMANIMANI – Chimanimani Rural District Council has since 2019 received a total of RTGS$22,5 million and a large chunk has been to procure road maintenance equipment.

Chimanimani RDC Chief Executive Officer Nehemia Deure told Chipinge Times in an interview that the council whose roads were destroyed by Cyclone Idai in 2019 has over the last three years bought a Faw tipper truck, a hoe loader and some trucks.

The local authority also used part of the money to improve its information technology and communication.

“We bought ICT equipment comprising laptops, printers, internet routers among other office use. We felt this will go a long way in improving communication between the community and stakeholders.

“We received a total of RTGS$22 556 278 devolution funds from Government since 2019 to date. Of that amount, $7 368 00 was received in 2019, $5 700 00 in 2020 and $9 488 278 in 2021,” said Deure.

Besides the devolution fund, the local authority has other projects that are funded from other sources and they include the construction of Rupise/Hotsprings Clinic, Chimanimani Village Vegetable market and Saziya nursing staff houses. The construction of a fruits and vegetables market is currently underway at Kopa shopping centre.

Finished projects include Wengezi Rural Services Centre that needed a lot of attention after the Cyclone.

A total of 15 primary schools from across the district received school furniture worth rtgs$657 263.The local authority has also serviced Nedziwa IDP stands for resettlement of Cyclone Idai victims. https://masvingomirror.com

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