BY RICHARD MUPONDE
THE International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has released US$25 000 for the completion of Ngwana clinic to fulfil the pledge it made four months ago at the ground-breaking ceremony of the clinic in Bulilima district.
Initially, the organisation had pledged US$30 000, but the sum has since been revised downwards to US$25 000 due to other factors, reportedly beyond IOM’s control.
The clinic, which is situated in Bulilima East constituency represented by Industry minister, Mangaliso Ndlovu, is expected to serve over 1 000 households in four wards.
It is being constructed in partnership with Bulilima Rural District Council (BRDC), with the Zimbabwe National Army providing builders, the community and Ngwana village diasporans under the banner Banha BeNgwana Development Trust.
The building is at roofing level and the IOM funding has reportedly come at the right time, since the structure is expected to be complete by next month.
The project was started in 2013 under the country’s rural district council’s sustainable development goals initiatives.
BRDC chief executive John Brown Ncube yesterday confirmed the release of the money by IOM, adding that it would help speed-up completion of the project.
“Yes, it’s true that the donor, IOM, started activities on the project on July 1. I signed an award of US$25 000 last week in Harare. The construction of the clinic is quite impressive.
The builders are now doing the beam-ring in anticipation of the last stage before we do the roofing of the whole structure,” Ncube said.
The RDC was one of the 62 RDCs countrywide who submitted applications and had their project proposals approved by IOM and were promised US$30 000 seed money, which has since been revised to US$25 000. In 2017, IOM partnered Beitbridge Rural District Council to construct a clinic in the Chabili, with the assistance of the army.