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Calls for devolution of power get louder

CAMPAIGNERS for Devolution are calling for the implementation of the devolution of power as a means of eradicating unemployment, poverty and inequality in Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe yesterday joined the world in commemorating the International Workers’ Day with the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions holding commemorations under the theme “Fighting Unemployment, Poverty and Inequality.”

In a statement, the Campaigners for Devolution said devolution of power is the only weapon that is capable and able to defeat all forms of unemployment, poverty and inequality.

“Devolution of power will eradicate poverty by giving provincial and local authorities legislative and fiscal powers to design laws, policies and programmes that ensure the fair distribution of resources and wealth as well as social safety nets for the workers and the vulnerable,” reads the statement.

The campaigners said devolution of power would end unemployment in Zimbabwe.

“Devolution of power will end unemployment by giving provincial and local authorities power and autonomy to use local opportunities, local resources and local competitive advantages to create employment in their localities,” reads part of the statement.

The campaigners added that the devolution of power has the ability to end inequality without the interference of the central government.

“Devolution of power will end inequality by giving local provinces and authorities the power to determine who benefit from the resources and opportunities available in their localities without central government interference,” reads the statement.

“It is important to note that 37 years after the independence of Zimbabwe, it is now crystal clear that the only sure and definite methodology of fighting all forms of unemployment, poverty and inequality in the country is a devolved system of governance,” reads the statement.

The campaigners urged political parties that claim to be pursuing devolution of power to begin implementing it.

“In that light we call on those political parties that claim to be pursuing devolution of power to genuinely show by beginning to devolve their structures and their administrative decisions now,” reads the statement.

“Any failure to do that is a clear indication that they are using devolution of power to hoodwink voters in the next elections,” the campaigners said.

The campaigners urged Zimbabweans to help in agitating for the implementation of the devolution of power.

“We take this time to urge Zimbabweans once more, from all walks of life and from all forms of work (be it formal and informal) to join us to call for the speedy and immediate implementation of devolution of power to ensure that unemployment, poverty and inequality are written off from the face of humanity,” reads the statement.

The campaigners said the country has been under a centralised system of governance for 37 years and this has only resulted in achieving a record of over 80 percent unemployment rate and a staggering 85 percent poverty rate.

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