Statement on the Devolution Conference Resolutions and Plan of Action to Deepen the Participation of Residents in the Implementation of Devolution in the Harare Metropolitan Province

We the institutions here present;

United as stakeholders working for the effective participation of residents in the actualization of devolution in the Harare Metropolitan Province;

Guided by constitutional provisions on devolution particularly Section 3(2)(j),Section 3(2)(i),Section 3(2)(f),Section 3(2)(g),Section 5,Section 9,Section 13,Section 194,Section 301 and the whole of Chapter 14;

Acknowledging that different stakeholders have heard consultative meetings, producing position papers on devolution;

Emphasizing the utmost respect of the people of Zimbabwe from whom the authority to govern is derived;

Critically aware that the government intends to hold a national devolution conference in November of 2019, and likewise, the need for well coordinated consultations that creatively feeds into the scheduled conference;

Following engaged deliberations at this Devolution Conference held at the Rainbow Hotel on the 5th of September 2019, delegates resolved that;

  • Compose a working group that will superintend over the formulation of a devolution strategic plan in 2 months. The working group should deal with strategies on civic engagement; monitoring and observation of government led process; media engagement; advocacy and lobby; mobilization of masses; capacity enhancement.
  • Principles underlying devolution which have been developed by the Cabinet should be reviewed to echo the spirit and letter of the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No. 20) 2013.
  • Consolidate different stakeholders’ contributions into a shared position and take the process and #LeaveNoResidentBehind Campaign forward.

Source: Harare Metropolitan Residents Forum