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Eddie Cross Says Devolution Should Be Implemented To End Poverty In "Neglected Southern Provinces"

Eddie Cross Says Devolution Should Be Implemented To End Poverty In

Former MDC Member of Parliament for Bulawayo South, Eddie Cross has said the devolution rhetoric should be backed by action to eradicate poverty in “neglected Southern provinces.

Cross, an economist, and advisor to President Emmerson Mnangagwa said devolution has to be fully implemented in line with the constitutional provisions. He said:

I think the rhetoric on devolution should be followed through with serious implementation to make sure no one and no province is left behind.

There should not be unequal development and you will find that the rural folk in Matabeleland are worse off than the rural folk in the Mashonaland provinces in terms of poverty.

Historically the southern provinces have been neglected partly because they are poorer in terms of resources.

They have less minerals and metals deposits, poorer climate and rainfall for agriculture hence there has been less investment there.

Section 268 of Chapter 12 of the 2013 constitution provides for the establishment of provincial councillors in the country’s provinces.

However, to date, there is no enabling act to operationalise devolution despite the government approving principles of the Provincial Councils and Administration (Amendment) Bill.

Cross’ remarks came after Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa announced that 1 688 projects were implemented during the period January to December 2021.

She said out of the 1 688 projects, 657 projects are fully completed, while implementation of 1 031 is ongoing.

A breakdown of the projects showed that:

1). the three Matabeleland provinces combined account for 21% of projects

2). Harare metropolitan alone accounted for 10% of the projects.

3). Mashonaland East, Mashonaland West and Mashonaland Central- accounted for 30%. Harare and the Mashonaland provinces together accounted for 40% of the projects.

4). Manicaland also had a significant chunk, accounting for 16.2%.

Although the Cabinet brief did not indicate the value of the projects, observers say this was a testimony of continued systematic marginalisation that has left southern Zimbabwe lagging behind in development.

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Economissed 1 month ago

True, they need fire engines. Belarus to the rescue.

Machiavelli 1 month ago

Fire tenders are not development.
Its looting pure and simple.

Jah🇿🇼Tsvarie-07 1 month ago

Cross shouldn't be taken serious on some issues coz of age, he is a big baby now...

Malcolm X 1 month ago

Eddie is now a ZANU PF bootlicker.Not the Eddie tht we voted for some years back in Byo. People do change. He s as good as a ZANU PF poet now. He should devote more time to writing poems for ZANU PF. Shame on Eddie

Crossed 1 month ago

True... Mdala

Machiavelli 1 month ago

From MDC to being Mnangagwa's biographer says it all for this flip-flopper. Need I say more?

M... 1 month ago

Yes but don't 😂

Jah🇿🇼Tsvarie-07 1 month ago

Machiavelli its enough 😂 his advices will say more...


Bob Marley ZW 1 month ago

No Zimbabwean No Cry

1 month ago

Why is it that if someone says anything in sympathy with Matebeleland , even those CCC supporters on this platform tend to dismiss it as nonsense only because it is about the misgivings of the Government to Matebeleland. Will you People ever see clearer than the 1980s Shona exposed to Mugabes propaganda against the **** ? You are the biggest Hypocrites. Tribalists at heart . You condone the violation of to he Ndebele by Zanu . You are only crying because you have been disillusioned to the fact that Zanu caters for the Elite . You thought it was a Shona thing . You baboons . You will all suffer until your thick heads realise that you are all the same .

Machiavelli 1 month ago

I empathise with the sentiments that you make my brother/sister. The argument Eddie Cross makes is populist and not scientific. He makes Matabeleland a homogenous entity. Matabeleland vs. Mashonaland.

The issue is do we allocate Devolution Funds according to land size or do we allocate per capita (in proportion to the population).

The preliminary census figures show that Harare alone with over 2 million people has more people than Matabeleland North and South provinces put together. While Chitungwiza has more than Bulawayo. It follows therefore that resource allocation has to do with population size rather than acreage.

Other factors come into play but I do not wish to debate that because it becomes emotive. The issue of natural resources for one. Other issues relate to climate- Matabeleland, being drought prone should by right get more central government funding for dams and water reticulation. Eddie hasn't touched on those things. Which is why I dismissed his populist posturing


Former Cabinet Minister Eddie Cross's sentiments that Devolusion must be implemented equitably in "neglected southern Provinces", are hollow. I do not believe that any provinces are deliberately neglected.

His comments set a black man on another black man. Devolusion funds are allocated according to population distribution across the country without any favour.

Eddie Cross is a very seniour citizen who should be seen to propagate true issues which do not set discord among citizens.




Yours sincerely
William Sonboy CHINEMBIRI

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