MINISTER of State for Liaising on Psychomotor Activities in Education, Josaya Hungwe has called for the urgent disbursement of community share scheme funds from Murowa Diamonds to enable the development of Chivi constituency and surrounding areas.
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Chivi is one of the driest districts in the country characterised by recurrent droughts resulting in extreme food shortages.
Speaking at a function held in Harare recently with the aim of mobilising for the development of the Chivi community, Hungwe said the National Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Board (Nieeb) and MPs for constituencies in the district should expedite the speedy disbursement of funds.
Murowa Diamonds is located near Zvishavane in the south-western part of the country.
Hungwe, who is a Zanu PF politburo member, said the mine should act timeously in disbursing funds for Chivi in accordance with agreements made.
“We agreed to share. The people of Midlands wanted to be greedy but we discussed and agreed that Zvishavane and Chivi should equally be allocated shares,” said Hungwe. “Chivi got US$300 000 under the community share ownership trust but nothing has been availed to date.”
He added: “We want pressure in this regard because Chivi has received nothing to date. Murowa [Diamonds] doesn’t belong to Zvishavane only, it also belongs to Chivi.”
Murowa Diamonds’ community programme is set to benefit more than 50 000 people in five wards of Murowa, Mhototi and Mutambi in the Zvishavane district, Davira ward 14 in the Chivi district and the Shashe resettlement area in Masvingo.
Chivi Rural District chairperson, Killer Zivhu said he would spearhead a development initiative targeting the district in line with Hungwe’s directive.
“There are very little noteworthy income generating activities in Chivi and no tourism whatsoever. The council is struggling but this is a new initiative to develop Chivi district,” he said.