chombo ignatius 01.09.10.jpgGovernment says it is willing to work with progressive nations in reviving key economic sectors, especially in the local government sector which has been severely affected by the debilitating effects of the illegal sanctions imposed on the country by the West.

Local Government, Rural and Urban Development Minister Ignatious Chombo made the remarks while addressing a high-powered delegation from the Namibian local government ministry which jetted into the country on Sunday night.

Dr Chombo said the local authorities in the country have made significant progress in various development programmes, but all this had been crippled by the vicious sanctions regime introduced in 2002 by the West following the introduction of the land reform programme.

“We had a vibrant local government sector which was active in service provision but all this was stalled by the sanctions imposed on the country by the West. As a government we invite progressive nations to partner us in the revival of this critical sector,” said Dr. Chombo.

The visiting Namibian Minister of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development, Cde Jerry Ekandyo said Zimbabwe is a good model of resilience in Africa as it has survived through the evil sanctions and the visit is aimed at drawing critical lessons especially in the local government sector.

“We are here to learn from this country that has survived the illegal sanctions and this provides us an opportunity to take notes from a county under siege but has managed to achieve so much,” Cde Ekandyo said.

The visiting delegation from the Namibian local government sector comprises a governor from the Caprivi Province, mayors from various towns and other experts who are expected to share technical advice with their counterparts in Zimbabwe.

The delegation is also expected to attend the National Anti-sanctions Petition Campaign launch by Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe this Wednesday.