Failure by heads of department and other civil servants to relocate to the Matabeleland North provincial capital, Lupane, is continuing to derail the implementation of developmental programmes in the province.

Chairpersons from various district councils in the province concurred that it is unfortunate that people are forced to travel Bulawayo to access services.

The sentiments came out during the Association of Rural District Councils of Zimbabwe national congress in Bulawayo.

“The government workers at Mhlahlandlela need to go to their province because her, they do not see the problems of the province physically but only hear about them in newspapers. There is underdevelopment in Matabeleland North,” said Mr Jameson Mnethwa, the Nkayi RDC Chairperson.

“All these workers are mere visitors to the province they were employed to work in. The Provincial Administrator, Agritex Provincial Officer, Provincial Medical Officer and heads of department are supposed to come to the people so that the fully appreciate the situation on the ground,” said Mr Fibion Ngwenya, Kusile RDC Chairperson.

“We have a lot of natural resorces in Matabeleland North Province but those suppoed to lead us in their exploitation live in Bulawayo,” Manger Sobani, Tsholotsho RDC Chairperson said.

The government has maintained its stance of ensuring development by availing $310 million for the implementation of devolution and has kept its promise on upgrading infrastructure like roads and health services.