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    Devolution: Gov allocates $4m to each Mat South town for water



    SIPHATHISIWE MATHAMBO

    GWANDA – Government has allocated $4 141 819 to each of the three Mat South towns of Gwanda, Beitbridge and Plumtree under the devolution programme and this amount is to enable the towns to run their own water supply services.
    All the other towns in the country got $1,3m each under this programme which means Mat South towns got the highest allocation.
    Addressing people gathered for  a devolution conference held at the JM Poly in Gwanda last week, the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, July Moyo said the three towns are the faces of Mat South hence the need for the infrastructure to be upgraded.
    "Beit-Bridge, Gwanda and Plumtree have been allocated $4m each. These three towns are the faces of Mat South therefore there is need to improve the infrastructure. The congress had to be held in Umzingwane High school because it was realised that there was no accommodation in Gwanda.
    "This money is to assist the three councils to run their water plants. These are the only towns with limited water rights. Their water plants are still fully manned by ZINWA. We are waiting for the relevant authority to hand over the water plants to these councils shortly," said Moyo.
    The conference was attended by the Minister of State for Mat South Abednico Ncube, Minister of State for Bulawayo Julieth Ncube, Deputy Minister of lndustry and Commerce Rajesh Kumar Modi, Basil Nyabadza of ADA, Mat south PED Lifias Masukume ,Gwanda State University Vice Chancellor and mainly the council CEOs, chairpersons, Provincial administrator, district administrators and representatives from different ministries and the business community.
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