ZIMBABWE is implementing devolution as one of the signature programmes for development under President Mnangagwa’s vision for the country to become a middle-income economy by 2030. Under Vision 2030, the President has pressed for balanced development of rural and urban areas, and an end to the lopsided perception of Harare as the “Bamba zonke of development”.
Last week, our Chief Reporter Kuda Bwititi spoke to Mazowe Rural District Council chief executive officer Mr Liberty Mufandaedza (LM) to unpack the devolution matrix for the district, which is the gateway to Mashonaland Central Province. Below are excerpts of the interview.
Q: Give us an overview of the vision that you have for Mazowe in terms of development?
A: Our blueprint is within the broader national vision that was espoused by His Excellency President Mnangagwa, that of becoming an upper middle-income economy by 2030. Similarly, we see Mazowe growing beyond limits with a broad-based citizenry participation approach to all our stakeholders, which are public institutions, the private sector and all business, civic groups, traditional leaderships and the public in general.
Q: What are the key sectors available in the Mazowe area for potential investors?
A: We are proud of the multiplicity of opportunities that we have as a province. There is huge potential in agriculture and agro-processing, mining, tourism, real estate, manufacturing, infrastructural development, information and communication as well as the services sector.
Q: What are the unique advantages found in Mazowe for potential investors?
A: Being the gateway to Mashonaland Central Province, the district shares its boundary with the capital city, which means proximity to airports in Harare as well as easy access to rail and road networks. Mazowe boasts of 42 different minerals according to the 2018 Geological Survey carried out by the district. We also have good agricultural soils, supported by a customarily reliable rainfall pattern as we fall under Natural Region Two.