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Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Deputy Minister Mathias Tongofa has urged people not to politicise developmental projects if they are to achieve tangible results and benefit communities.

Deputy Minister Tongofa, who is also the National legislator for Chivi North, made the remarks at a meeting in Harare yesterday with the Chivi Development Committee.

Chivi Rural District Council chairperson Cde Killer Zivhu organised the meeting, which was attended by people from Chivi who are in various professions and working in Harare.

The development committee, to be established in line with provisions of the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation on uplifting standards of living, seeks to harness the talents and resources of people from the district towards the common goal of development.

Deputy Minister Tongofa said people should shun the dependency syndrome and contribute to developing their district. “As we are starting these developmental projects, we need to put politics aside,” he said. “What we want is unity of purpose among our people in order to develop our community.

“We must not always remain recipients of foreign donations, but we have to look for our own projects that are sustainable and which can foster development in our community.”

Cde Zivhu added: “We are urging the people of Chivi to donate whatever they can afford whether in cash or kind for the development of their community. Chivi people should have a voice in everything that has to do with development in their respective areas.”

He said the community should be the first to benefit from projects that would be established as a result of the Tokwe-Mukosi Dam.

Former Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Cde Paul Mangwana said people from the district should feel compelled to participate in issues affecting them.

Areas identified for development include roads, clinics, boreholes, business centres and irrigation schemes.

Source : The Herald