Chivi RDC builds 70 classroom blocks under Village ZimAsset

HARARE - CHIVI councillors have built more than 70 classroom blocks throughout the district in a bid to break the cycle of poverty.

The projects — conceived under the 129-page government’s economic blueprint ZimAsset which details a five-year government plan stretching to 2018 for the economy — and spearheaded by the Killer Zivhu-led Chivi Rural District Council (RDC), improved the quality of education services offered to children from the local host communities. 
This comes as public schools particularly in poor and rural areas have suffered neglect, with classrooms often being overcrowded and inadequately funded.

Some of the 70 classroom blocks replaced old and deteriorated school blocks built decades ago, while others extended the existing capacity and met some important gaps, especially for secondary schools.

This emerged as councillors reviewed the Chivi-Village ZimAsset programme at a meeting attended by hundreds on Saturday.

Under the five-year economic plan, the district unfurled notable developments by Zanu PF councillors including construction of schools, roads, weirs, toilets, among other notable projects.

“We have come to the end of our Chivi-Village ZimAsset which we launched in 2013.

“As 32 councillors in conjunction with our council and government we have constructed more than 70 classroom blocks in schools and have assisted a number of clinics,” Zivhu said.

“Over and above the developments in schools, we have constructed roads, built weir dams and we are currently assisting all churches in Chivi to construct toilets and our target is 800 ablution facilities as we seek to address sanitation challenges.

“We are now waiting for the party manifesto, so that we come up with another five-year plan, provided, all councillors are voted in.

“However, I will not seek re-election as a councillor, I think I have done enough,” he said.

The  businessman and philanthropist is now eyeing the Chivi South National Assembly seat.  

The Zimbabwe Local Government Association president said Chivi district has never wavered on its development agenda despite the scarcity of resources.

He said in every ward, councillors either constructed roads or toilets for villagers especially child and elderly-headed households, a move he said was an indication of resounding success.

A villager from Ward 30, Emily Runesu, hailed Chivi councillors for addressing food security challenges in the district.

“Since the launch of Village ZimAsset here, we have seen councillors assisting us to get maize grain.

“Some went out of their way and bought maize-meal for us.

“No one died due to lack of food despite our district being prone to droughts.

“In most cases, we hardly harvest anything from our fields.

“We also saw small dams, roads being constructed and a number of boreholes were drilled under the same programme,” said Runesu.

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