The government has urged civil servants to balance their provincial duties and roles assigned by line ministries in order for successful implementation of devolution.

As devolution nears, civil servants in Mashonaland Central are being challenged to balance provincial roles and duties assigned by line ministries in order for the devolution concept to work.

Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Cde July Moyo

The Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Cde July Moyo made the call when he addressed the Mashonaland Central Devolution Conference.

“Civil servants must work as if there is no other province. When a minister wants a blueprint from the agriculture ministry. The officers there must deliver and not say I get tasks from my ministry.

“If there is such an officer deal with them. Every civil servant here must work for the development of Mashonaland Central,” said Cde Moyo.

According to Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement Minister Air Chief Marshal Perrance Shiri, the province is endowed with vast land and favourable agriculture climate, but innovation will be needed to unlock dormant potential.

“We have challenges in our agriculture sector but we don’t want to import solutions, let our agriculture colleges give solution,” said Air Chief Marshal Shiri.

The provincial leadership committed to undertake a comprehensive resource audit to leverage development plans.

“Mashonaland Central stands out as a haven of resources most of which remain untapped. All that is required from us is a comprehensive audit of our provincial resources,” said the Acting Director in the Ministry of State for Mashonaland Central, Addmore Shereni.

Mashonaland Central is currently lowly industrialised despite its vast mineral resources and high agricultural production.