Goromonzi Rural District Council (RDC) has adopted the transfer of Caledonia back to the authority’s jurisdiction as directed by the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing.

The decision to adopt the return of Caledonia under its jurisdiction was reached at a full council meeting held at the Goromonzi RDC head office in Ruwa after recommendations from the Planning, Licensing and Development Committee.

Acting provincial administrator Mr Clemence Masawi said the transfer of Caledonia to Harare was an anomaly which created a constitutional crisis and had to be corrected.

“We welcome the decision to return back Caledonia to Goromonzi as it was creating logistical nightmares for our province to administer an area under another province,” he said.

Goromonzi RDC chairperson Alderman Cladious Muzanenhamo and chief executive officer Trust Madovi said the decision means that there is need to come up with new by-laws and supplementary budget for the area.

“As council we will be sitting down to ensure we come up with new by-laws to administer the area and also a supplementary budget. We appeal to the government for support during the transitional period,” said Mr Muzanenhamo.

Caledonia was transferred to Harare City Council two years ago by the then Local Government Minister Saviour Kasukuwere although it falls under Goromonzi RDC ward 25 and is also in Goromonzi South constituency.

Other areas set to return to Goromonzi RDC which had been transferred to Harare include Acorn, Crowhill and Charlote Brooke.