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ChiTown splurges $11m on workshop

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BY TAFADZWA KACHIKO
CHITUNGWIZA Municipality has reportedly budgeted $11 million for a strategic workshop aimed at bringing sanity to the Nyatsime area.

The Manyame-Chitungwiza (Machi) joint committee is holding the five-day workshop in Gweru.

Machi was formed through Statutory Instrument 211 of 2021 and the Rural District Councils (RDCs) Act to jointly manage Braenar, Longlands, Cawdor, Edinburg, Tantallon and Dunnottar farms in Manyame RDC ward 9.

Initially, reports said the meeting would take place in Kwekwe, but NewsDay obtained correspondence showing that Gweru Fairmile Hotel was the venue for the meeting that started yesterday and will end on
June 14.

“Please be advised that the by-laws and strategic workshop in Gweru was approved. The travelling dates are 9 and 14. Councils are expected to meet the travelling and subsistence costs for their members as well as sharing costs for conferencing and facilitators,” partly read the correspondence signed by Machi housing director Cosmas
Murepa.

However, Machi chairperson and Manyame Rural District Council chief executive officer Farirai Guta said the workshop was taking place in Kadoma and not Gweru.

“It’s a strategic planning workshop to map the road to sanitise the area. We are also going to come up with laws. We don’t know where any other issues being said are coming from,” Guta said.

She said the workshop was approved by Local Government minister July Moyo.

“Machi is not yet financially stable. What it means is that the two local authorities will contribute 50/50 towards the workshop and other joint programmes until such a time when we have a stand-alone budget. At the moment, we are not collecting any revenue from Nyatsime,” Guta said.

Chitungwiza acting clerk Evangelista Machona referred NewsDay back to Guta when asked about the $11 million budget.

“Contact her. She is the administrator of the joint committee. But we need to come up with a strategic plan and standard operating procedures jointly,” she said.

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