By Kudzai Furusa
Cabinet has approved the Devolution and Decentralisation Policy as part of the National Development Strategy (2020-2025) formulation process in line with vision 2030.
This was said by Minister of Information Publicity and Broadcasting Services Monica Mutsvangwa during her presentation of the 25th Post Cabinet Press Briefing in Harare yesterday.
This will ensure the fulfilment of the ZANU PF manifesto of ensuring consistent economic growth.
Minister Mutsvangwa highlighted that the Policy gives the necessary conditions for Provincial and Rural District Councils to contribute to the National GDP from provincial and district sectors.
“The Policy establishes the necessary conditions for Provincial and Rural District Councils as well as other lower-tier governance and administrative structures to exercise devolved powers,” said Minister Mutsvangwa.
“Contributions from provincial and district sectors encapsulated in Provincial Economic Development Plans will accomplish the Vision 2030 requirement for Provincial and District Gross Domestic Product values and their contribution to the National GDP to be specified in the country’s economic indicators.
“In essence, therefore, the National GDP will be the sum total of Provincial GDPs. Most notably, the Devolution and Decentralisation Policy ensures a participative bottom-up approach to development from the village, ward, district and provincial levels to the national level.”
Minister Mutsvangwa further said the Policy seeks to achieve facilitation of democratic participation of people in making decisions that will affect them, promotion of good governance, maintenance of Zimbabwe as a single and peaceful State, enhancement of citizens’ participation in the management of local affairs and development, provision of a mechanism for resource sharing and capacitation of the lower tiers of Government.
She said the Policy will entail the development of fiscal distribution formula designed to achieve equitable development.
“Implementation of the Policy will entail the development of a fiscal distribution formula designed to achieve equitable development in all sub-national tiers of Government. Local area programmes and projects are already being funded from this fiscal revenue stream,” she said.
“The empowered sub-national entities will be supervised through policies and Acts of Parliament which are consistent with the Constitution.”
Minister Mutsvangwa said the governance structures proposed by the Policy will enhance local governance decision-making and promote rapid development of local economies through leveraging of local resources to fund specific development programmes and priorities.