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Devolution funds completely change the face of Gokwe

GOKWE Town Council has embarked on construction of a Polyclinic in Mapfungautsi, a classroom block at Vision Kunashe Primary School in Nyaradza, road repairs as well as storm water drains rehabilitation using devolution funds in a move meant to improve livelihoods in the town.

Council is also using local funds to drill and equip 6 solar powered boreholes. The council is actually making strides forward as it makes its contribution to the national thrust of attainment of vision 2030.

Using the $22million devolution batch received for the year 2021, the council is constructing a classroom block at Vision Kunashe Primary School in Nyaradza, a Polyclinic in Mapfungautsi and renovating Sasame Beerhall into a clinic, Promise Medical Clinic.

Council is also conducting road rehabilitation programs across the town. The Acting Town Secretary, Mr Alexander Nyandoro
said both the classroom block and Promise Medical Clinic are expected to be completed by the 31st of December 2021. He said Mapfungautsi Polyclinic is expected to be complete by the 30th of January 2022.

Mr Nyandoro said: “The classroom block and the two clinics are high impact life changing projects and council is making robust efforts to complete the projects within the set timeframes”.

If complete, the school is expected to shorten the distance travelled by some pupils and ease congestion at Gokwe Primary, CZM Primary and Mapfungautsi Primary Schools.

“There are learners who walk long distances to attend school outside the town’s boundaries. That is an unfortunate situation which must come to an end in the foreseeable future.” said Mr. Nyandoro.

Interestingly, the name ‘Vision Kunashe Primary School’ was derived from the quest to attain vision 2030.

“Mapfungautsi Polyclinic will serve more than 14 000 people including pregnant mothers and children. It will reduce congestion at Gokwe Hospital and Cheziya Clinic thereby shortening the distances travelled to seek medical related attention. The Polyclinic will also have visiting Medical Doctors,” said Mr Nyandoro.

Sasame Beerhall is being renovated into a clinic and is expected to serve the community in Sasame and surrounding villages thereby reducing the distances travelled to access medical related attention.

Also buoyed by $700 000 the council received from government through ZINARA, Gokwe Town is also embarking on road rehabilitation and repairs.

In the Central Business District (CBD) council is surfacing a total of 1.086km under the central government funded Emergency Road Rehabilitation Program (ERRP).

Mr Nyandoro said “ ERRP is the game changer in terms of road infrastructure, council has now moved to another level where the main thrust is now on surfacing of roads starting with the CBD”.

ERRP is complementing devolution funds as council has embarked on a robust road rehabilitation program and repairs in Njelele, Greenvalley, Mapfungautsi and Sasame residential areas.

The issue of poor drainage systems has always been a threat to road infrastructure in Gokwe Town. The situation is worsened by the fact that Gokwe Town is sitting on a plateau and the soils are loose Kalahari soils.

As a result gullies develop everywhere during the rainy season. Through devolution and ERRP funding council has embarked on a massive program of storm water drain construction throughout the town.

The development comes as government has pledged about $19,8 billion towards devolution this year alone as it seeks to improve people’s livelihoods.

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