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    Thursday, 21 February 2019

    600 attend Masvingo Devolution Conference

    Delegates at the Masvingo Devolution Conference at
    Flamboyant Hotel.

    MIRROR REPORTER

    MASVINGO –
    Over 500 delegates this week converged at a local Masvingo Hotel to attend a devolution workshop in which the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, July Moyo said every province is going to have its own economy supported by its natural resources.
    The conference is probably the biggest attended by policy makers in the Province in many years.
    It was attended by every who is who in the Masvingo including district administrators, council chief executive officers, council chairpersons, captains of industry from such companies as Tongaat and Bikita Minerals, parastatals, traditional chiefs and heads of Government departments.
    Four Ministers were represented at the conference which was organised by the Chartered Institute of Public Managers and Citizens Lab Zimbabwe.
    The conferences are being held in each of the 10 provinces and two have already been held in Mutare and Harare. The Gwanda conference will be held this week, said Dr Proctor Nyemba, the director of Charted Institute of Public Managers.
    Speaking at the conference, Moyo said that an act of Parliament is going to be enacted that will take away certain powers from Central Government and give them to the provincial governments and local authorities. He said the Central Government will not be able to interfere in areas where it has given away powers and if it does, it can be taken to court.
    “Under devolution you will have to plan your own resources, create your own wealth and have your own budgets. You must have your own Gross Domestic Product and you must know the total amount earned in the province through salaries,” said Moyo.
    He explained the difference between a decongested or deconcentrated Government and the system of devolution.
    He described current structures where Government is represented at provincial, district and community level as decongestion. He said in a decongested structure, the lower structures like the DA, PA, CEO, PED etc are only given delegated power which can be overruled from above.
    In a devolution, the lower tier Governments enjoy a lot of autonomy and they make decisions that cannot be overruled by the Central Government.
    Moyo called upon Masvingo to identify its main economic activities and work on them. He gave some examples of the industries that are core to Masvingo as mining (coal, gold, lithium); agriculture and tourism.
    He said the Central Government will give budgets for marginalised areas to the provincial governments.
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