The Chitungwiza and Manyame Rural Residents Association (CAMERA) is in the process of conducting door to door devolution implementation campaigns in Chitungwiza and Seke rural. The purpose of this campaign is to afford citizens a platform to share, converse and develop a common position around the implementation of devolution as provided for under chapter 14 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe.
A door to door campaign of this nature was held in Chitungwiza’s ward 13 on the 8th of October 2019. A set of questions is being used in reaching out to the citizenry in gathering their views and aspirations on the envisaged scope and framework through which devolution should be implemented in line with the supreme law of the country. Some of the questions being discussed during these door to door campaigns include the following:
a) How can citizen participation in governance processes be enhanced through devolution implementation?
b) What formula should be used in the allocation of resources to lower tiers of government?
c) What form of powers should be given to citizens in the devolution of governmental powers and responsibilities?
d) To what extent should local authorities be independent so as to improve service delivery?
e) What should be the roles of provincial and metropolitan councils in a devolved set up?
f) What should be the new role of central government, especially the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing in the implementation of devolution?
CAMERA calls upon interested stakeholders, especially general citizens, to actively participate in determining a framework through which devolution can be implemented in Zimbabwe. This call is aimed at improving service delivery through enhancing social accountability and facilitating the creation of a development-oriented devolved state.
Source: Chitungwiza and Manyame Rural Residents Association (CAMERA)