The government says it is eager to revamp sporting infrastructure in the country to guarantee world class facilities to the majority of Zimbabweans.
The Ministry Sport, Arts and Recreation, which signed a memorandum of understanding with the City of Mutare, will see the face-lifting of various infrastructure and is keen to make certain sporting facilities which have not been operational available to people.
“It is commendable that Mutare City Council has availed $200 000 for the development of sport. The MOU is part of the key deliverables under the ministry’s 100 day programme where we are looking for quick wins,” the Minister of Sport, Arts and Recreation, Cde Kazembe Kazembe said.
Mutare Town Clerk, Mr Joshua Maligwa said sport is one of the key areas where they are focusing on the promotion of the city.
“As a city, we have shown commitment to sport and the promotion of the city’s football team is evidence of this. We are sure that the face-lifting of the various facilities will also benefit many of our youths,” he said.
The development of sporting infrastructure is one which needs cooperation from various partners, according to the Principal Director in the Office of the Minister of State for Manicaland Province, Mr Luck Basopo.
“Sport is critical for nation building and national cohesion and we are eager for more partners to come in and assist us,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Sport, Arts and Recreation officially opened the first low cost tennis court at St. Noah High School in the Mafararikwa area of Marange.
The ministry’s vision is to develop sport in marginalised areas, particularly those that are deemed to be elitist.