By Mlondolozi Ndlovu
Former Finance Minister Tendai Biti has made plea for the devolution of power in the country after his recent visit to the country remote district of Binga in Matebeland North.
Zimbabwe’s constitution guarantees the need for devolution to power to provincial councils led by elected members of parliament but they is currently no act to support this.
Speaking on his visit in Binga, Biti who leads the People’s Democratic Party said the marginalisation of this part of the country makes calls for the urgent need of devolution more relevant.
According to a press statement by the PDP, Biti told a gathering that underdevelopment was just but an indicator of ZANUPF maladministration and incompetence.
The prominent lawyer however highlighted that the failure by the government to carter for the needs of the people in this region was indeed a strong case for devolution in the country.
“The fact that Binga is lagging behind in terms of development by all indicators qualifies the validity of the point on devolution which is the best way to deal with uneven development not only in Binga but in most marginalized places,” he said.
The PDP President suggested that for Binga to catch up with the rest of the country there was need for education to be free in Binga and for Binga students so as to produce Medical Doctors and Engineers who would accelerate growth in the community.
He also demanded the scrapping of fishing licenses for the people of Binga who are paying a fee of US$20 to sell fish even when they catch just two breams.AA