BY OWN CORRESPONDENT
Chivi Rural District Council has set a target to construct several schools and clinics in partnership with Chivi South Member of Parliament Killer Zivhu as part of efforts to improve education and health services in the under-developed area.
Council chief executive officer, Tariro Matavire told Southern Eye on the sidelines of a ground-breaking ceremony at Tugwi-Mukosi Secondary School site near Nyahombe Business Centre in Chivi South on Monday that three schools were already at different stages of construction.
He said as part of its devolution programme, the local authority hoped to construct seven schools in the next three years and commended the Chivi South MP for supporting development initiatives in the district.
“We are happy that finally our school projects are taking shape. We want to construct a secondary school here, which will serve most children in ward 31,” Matavire said.
“Imagine most children here walk an average of 15km to the nearest secondary school and that is not ideal. This is one of the seven new schools we intend to construct in the next three years.”
The RDC boss said most of the building material had been sourced by Zivhu, with the local authority chipping in with funds it received under the devolution programme.
“We received over $1 million as our devolution portion. Our local MP, Zivhu has so far provided over 300 bags of cement and he has pledged to construct the school,” Matavire said.
Councillor for ward 31, Wilson Machingami said Nyahombe area appreciated the gesture by the local MP.
“We have about 1 600 pupils attending Nyahombe Primary School. After completing Grade 7 the children proceed to Shongamiti Secondary, which is about 12km from here, Nyajena Mission is 10km or Nyahombe Secondary 12km away. This donation will go a long way in reducing distances covered by our children to school,” said Machingambi.
Recently, Zivhu also constructed houses for the less-privileged and provided heifers for 18 traditional leaders in the district.
Zivhu said he has used the Constitutional Development Fund (CDF) from government to procure building materials and also used his own funds to secure more resources to compliment government’s efforts.