Devolution Funds; a game changer for Gokwe 

Sydney Mubaiwa 

MIDLANDS BUREAU 

GOKWE – The idea of devolution funds has become a game changer for Gokwe Town Council.

The local authority’s acting finance director, Tafadzwa Kwirirai said in an interview with The Mirror that many projects that the council had planned are coming to fruition, thanks to the devolution funds allocation from central Government.

Kwirirai said that Gokwe Town Council was this year allocated a total of ZWL$ 211, 365 million and as of June 30, 2022 the local authority received ZWL$31,5 million and ZWL$30,7 million from Zimbabwe National Roads Authority (ZINARA) for road projects.

The local authority budgeted $208,5 million for devolution projects including the construction of Mapfungautsi Poly Clinic, construction of market stalls, drilling of boreholes, construction of classroom blocks at several schools, purchase of an ambulance, road construction and maintenance among other projects. 

“Gokwe Town Council has managed to roll out a successful all-year round road maintenance program where drains were constructed and gullies were repaired.

“We also managed to construct the recently commissioned Mapfungautsi Poly Clinic whose objective is to bring health care services close to people,” he said. 

The local authority has so far used $28m for the construction of Mapfungautsi Clinic, classroom blocks, road maintenance and drainage system construction. 

He however, bemoaned the current macroeconomic turbulence that are eroding the disbursements citing challenges accrued especially in the purchase of fuel and other services which are charged in US$. 

“We have challenges mainly when it comes to the purchase of fuel and other services which are charged in US$. Fuel is only available in US$ while the devolution funds are disbursed in local currency,” he said. 

He said the local authority is waiting for another disbursement of ZWL$500 000 to be used for the construction of two classroom blocks.

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