By Martin Mawaya
The Minister of State, Devolution and Provincial Affairs for the Midlands province, Senator Larry Mavhima has urged local authorities to prioritize economic development issues by revisiting their by-laws and practices that hinder development.
Minister Mavhima said councils must redefine their by-laws so that they meet new expectations that takes the country forward. He said this at the launch of the Provincial Development Strategy 1(PDS1) at a local hotel in Gweru recently.
He said the local authorities must rigorously push the devolution and vision 2030 agenda as insinuated in the National Development Strategy 1 (NDS1).
“The PDS1 is keeping with the NDS1 thrust which underscores private sector led economic development, hence as the Midlands province we are committed to the agenda of developing and transforming the communities and the country at large,” said Minister Mavhima.
He warned the local leadership to shun corruption and embrace a culture of doing business by focusing more on development of areas of their jurisdiction.
There is need to tape the vast resources in the province for community development.
“Midlands Province has vast minerals endowments such as platinum, gold, chrome and iron ore deposits. We also received devolution funds, we have to perform so that we have our own provincial GDP,” he said.
The Provincial Development Strategy 1 launch was attended by government heads of departments, captains of industry and leadership from local authorities in the Midlands province.