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Provincial economies can grow big time

27 Apr 2019 at 15:02hrs | Views
Provincial economies as defined under the trajectory of devolution are capable of phenomenal growth thereby uplifting the lives of the majority of our people.

Every province in Zimbabwe is endowed with untapped natural resources including minerals, wildlife, forestry and arable lands. Provincial leadership must consult widely to come up with sound investment portfolios that will benefit the masses.

Those seemingly unsophisticated villagers are full of wisdom they must also be approached for fruitful discussions on the way forward. If it is for them then they must be in it.

Proposed developmental projects should be made public to avoid murmurs of disapproval from other quarters. If done with transparency and honesty, devolution can be a great success story.

Whilst small scale mining can be profitable to both miners and the state, such operations must be monitored to avoid massive environmental degradation. Look at some parts of Mutoko where black granite is mined, big open pits and gullies are scattered all over the area yet the locals have not benefited much.

Black granite cutting and polishing should be done in Mutoko so that people of Bondamakara, Nyamuzuwe, Goronga and other 'mhanduwe' can get jobs. But here we are exporting jobs to developed nations.

Thomas Murisa. Chinehasha.

Source - Thomas Murisa
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