A call has been made to capacitate responsible authorities to closely monitor operations of rural local authorities that are failing to deliver on their mandate of improving livelihoods of rural communities.
Many rural local authorities continue to lag behind in improving the livelihoods of rural communities due to a number of factors which includes financial and human resources constraints, poor management of funds and corruption.
UNICEF country representative Dr Mohamed Ayoya says women and children are the most affected by poor service delivery in rural communities and there is need to promote effective governance in rural local authorities.
He was speaking at the handover ceremony of vehicles and laptops to the Ministry of Rural Development, Promotion and Preservation of National Culture and Heritage in the capital.
Rural Development, Promotion and Preservation of National Culture and Heritage Minister Cde Abednico Ncube said mobility remains a major challenge in monitoring and supporting rural local authorities operations.
The ministry received two vehicles, 10 laptops and other ancillary consumables worth $ 115 000.