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    Mwenezi is Masvingo’s poorest district – Perm Sec

    Masvingo is the 8th least poor province


    – Mwenezi is the poorest district in Masvingo, according to statistics released by the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development Willard Manungo.
    Mwenezi tops the household poverty prevalence rate with 79, 4% of its inhabitants being poor, while 26, 2% of them are extremely poor.
    Masvingo is rated the 8th least poor province in Zimbabwe with Matebeleland North being the poorest followed by Mashonaland Central.
    The information was made known to participants at an Interim Poverty Reduction Strategy (IPRSP) held at a Masvingo hotel on Tuesday.
    The meeting was attended by several high-ranking officials including the Provincial Administrator for Masvingo, Felix Chikovo, District Administrators, traditional chiefs, the Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe (EFZ), representatives from various ministries and the informal sector.
    These figures are contained in a survey of the poverty prevalence rates for the nation, provinces and districts. The results which were obtained from the survey conducted for the period between 2011 and 2012 are acting as a guide in the ministry's current nationwide consultative meetings.
    Mwenezi is followed by Bikita (70,9% poor people;20,6% extremely poor), Zaka (70,7% poor;9,6% extremely poor),Chivi(67,3% poor;9,2% extremely poor) Gutu (65,6% poor;13,7% extremely poor), Chiredzi (64,4 poor; 15,3% extremely poor),while Masvingo Rural has  the least poverty prevalence rate of 59,7%  who are poor and 14,4% are extremely poor.
    At national level, Matabeleland North province tops the least in household poverty prevalence where 81, 7% are poor, while 36, 9% are rated as being extremely poor. Mashonaland Central is second in terms of poverty prevalence, followed by Mashonaland West, while Masvingo is ranked eighth in terms of poverty prevalence rate, according figures presented at the meeting by the National Coordinator of   the Poverty Reduction Consultation Programme, Dr. Jesimen Chipika.
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