Villagers draft social contracts

Women from Wards three, four, five and eight in Esibomvu, Umzingwane District, today conducted a community meeting to develop a Social Contract which will guide elected councillors. This comes after the election of Members of Parliament and councillors who are awaiting inauguration to initiate their service.

A social contract is an implicit agreement among members of a society to cooperate for social benefits. It is also an agreement among citizens to abide by rules and laws for the good of society. The Social Contract will serve as a guideline in promoting improved social service delivery for the next five years.

Development Practitioner Emmanuel Ndlovu facilitated the meeting challenging the community to take a leaf from the Asset Based Community Development Model which focuses on community strengths and assets rather than on deficits and problems, in an attempt to promote sustainable community-driven development.

In developing the social contracts, they stated the service delivery concerns which they hope will be addressed by the councillors. The Social Contracts also stipulated the timeframe within which local councillors are to give feedback to the community so as to create a symbiotic relationship between the community and the councillor.

Two councillors Jethro Moyo (Ward 4), Alice Dube (Ward 8) and Village Head Malinga attended the meeting and shared their interest in working with the community. Councillor J. Moyo shared pointers on how the community and councillors can work together for the realization of effective and progressive social service delivery.

Issues included in the social contracts include:

Improvement and construction of boreholes, completion of clinic construction, the establishment of maternity homes, rehabilitating of road networks, renovation of classrooms and resuscitation of Shale Dam.

The meeting was made possible by the Women’s Institute for Leadership Development (WILD).

Source: Women’s Institute for Leadership Development (WILD)

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