The government has commissioned capital equipment and construction materials in Matobo District, Matabeleland South Province acquired under the devolution programme.

Since 2016, the community of Nhlupho has been struggling to complete a local clinic, forcing villagers to continue travelling 20km to St Josephs clinic or 22km to Maphisa District Hospital to seek medical attention.

However, thanks to the devolution und, Matobo Rural District Council has purchased building materials that will see the implementation of the first phase of the project.

“We are really grateful to the government for coming to our rescue because the people here are really suffering. Having a clinic nearby will enable access to health care services,” a Matobo resident, Mr Nyathi said.

Matobo RDC Chief Executive Officer, Mr Elvis Sibanda revealed how they have used the first chuck of the money they have received from government under the devolution fund.

“We have received 450 000 (dour hundred and fifty thousand dollars) of the 2,1 million dollars allocated to the local authority under the devolution fund this year. The money has among other things been used to buy a tractor and trailer to collect refuse as well as aid developmental programmes in the district.” ” as council we are fully committed to the government’s programme on devolution whose main thrust is on capital development and on service provision,” said Mr Sibanda.

Commissioning the equipment and building materials, the Minister of State for Matabeleland Sound Provincial Affairs, Cde Abednico Ncube said the development in Matobo is testament of government’’s commitment to ensuring that communities are the drivers of development in their areas.

“The government’s commitment to ensure fiscal autonomy in provinces is a reality now as we witness a local authority that has not only spent devolution funds, but has moved with governments vision,” he said.

Komajor Clinic in ward 24 is earmarked to benefit from the second disbursement of devolution funds, with the local leadership appealing for speedy availing of the funds so that they are not eroded by inflation.