A cabinet minister says the development of Bulawayo demands the involvement of local residents in coming up with strategies that can uplift the city’s economy even under difficult circumstances.

Bulawayo’s main challenge is the revival of industries to produce high quality products that can be exported and contribute to the gross domestic product (GDP) of the country and at the same time creating employment for locals.

The state of the country’s second largest city came under spotlight when the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, Cde July Moyo addressed a Zanu PF rally at Stanley Square in Bulawayo, standing in for Vice President Kembo Mohadi who is still recovering from injuries sustained during the White City stadium explosion on the 23 of last month.

He said the $400 million investment at the National Railways of Zimbabwe was meant to propel the economy of Bulawayo to even greater heights given that the manufacturing and engineering sectors are dominant in the city and need a sustainable mode of transport to bring in raw materials as well as move out finished products to the market.   

Cde Moyo also said the Zanu PF government wants to correct the situation in Cowdray Park in the Garikai/Hlalani Kuhle housing section where the government settled people on stands that are not serviced, leading to water, sewerage, road and power challenges.

Addressing the same gathering, Zanu PF Politburo member and Minister of State for Bulawayo, Cde Angeline Masuku appealed for people to vote for President Emmerson Mnangagwa in the July 30 elections, together with the party’s parliamentary and local government candidates.