Updates by: Wadzanai Mhombera and Tichaona Mezah

0951: “We need not get experts from outside the country to carry out feasibility studies,  we have experts in the country,” he says. Updates end.

0949: Our relevance is in finding local solutions, says Cde Kasukuwere.

0947: Cde Kasukuwere says it appears “we are waiting for other people to come and solve our problems.” He says local authorities must embrace knowledge and technology to move societies forward.

0945: Minister Saviour Kasukuwere now on podium.

09:43: Where there is a will there is a way, says Professor Moyo.

0942: Universities can generate practical solutions to problems faced by local authorities

0940: Prof Moyo says universities have skills to transform local authorities. This conference must not be a talk show, he says.

0937: The is initiative of the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing.

0935: Solutions are available within the country’s learning institutions. Universities have been churning out graduates whose knowledge has to be tapped into. Such knowledge must be used to assist the society.

0932: Local authorities’ most important point of organisation in modern day society. Politics must be local, it is best area to improve quality of life for Zimbabweans, says Prof Moyo.

0931: Professor Moyo says this a historic conference where universities and tertiary institutions are assisting with problems faced by local authorities

0928: Professor Jonathan Moyo on the podium

0927: The Local Authorities Conference seeks to hasten the transformation of the country’s towns and cities to meet the global yardsticks and become smart metropolitan areas.

09:25: Local Authorities Conference official opening at the University of Zimbabwe.