The Secretary-General for Labour Economists and African Democrats (LEAD), Precious Musarurwa, has said the implementation of the Devolution and Decentralization Policy is essential for the achievement of sustainable development in Zimbabwe.
Musarurwa, an actress and former model, is set to lock horns with Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) Vice President Tendai Biti in the race for the Harare East Constituency Parliamentary seat in the 26 March 2022 by-elections.
She described some legislators particularly, in urban constituencies, as “polarized and unfocused” when it comes to grassroots developmental strategies.
Musarurwa said the devolution and decentralisation policy must be implemented to ensure to push parliamentarians to work towards inclusive and sustainable development. She added:
Devolution was adopted as a key component of the new 2013 Constitution of Zimbabwe which, in Chapter 14, states that it is desirable to ensure the preservation of national unity in Zimbabwe, prevention of all forms of disunity and secessionism, the democratic participation in Government by all citizens and communities in Zimbabwe, and that there must be devolution of power and responsibilities to lower tiers of Government in Zimbabwe.
Precious criticised legislators belonging to the ruling ZANU PF and opposition MDC Alliance, some of which are now members of the CCC, for failing to push for devolution and decentralisation since 2013.
The devolution and decentralisation policy aims at promoting sustainable, representative, accountable, participatory, inclusive governance and socio-economic development.
Musarurwa’s remarks echo those of many analysts who believe that a centralised approach has resulted in some regions growing at a faster rate compared to others.
She said if she is elected into office, she will work with councils, and all other stakeholders to ensure the implementation of the policy.