The Lupane community is calling for the prioritisation of infrastructure development to enable the Matabeleland North provincial capital match the levels of other sister provincial capitals countrywide.
The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Finance and Economic Development is on a countrywide budget consultations tour seeking input from the public on the forthcoming national budget.
Road rehabilitation, building of advanced level schools, provincial hospital, science laboratories, civil servants houses, teacher training college and vocational training centre are infrastructure requirements needed in Lupane, notes stakeholders.
Acting chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Finance and Economic Development Planning, Cde Terrence Mukupe said the concerns of the people make it evident that infrastructure development needs to be given top priority in the national fiscus.
“It’s pretty clear that Minister Chinamasa has got a tough job ahead of him to make sure that where we having most of our budget going towards salaries, we have to do something and make sure that there is something that goes towards infrastructure projects. This issue of keeping a high number of civil servants we have to do something,” he said.
Finance and Economic Development Minister, Cde Patrick Chinamasa is expected to present the 2018 national budget next month which is expected to address some of the challenges currently being faced.