EU visits 'neglected' Matabeleland region

The EU Delegation to Zimbabwe is visiting the city of Bulawayo and the Matebeleland region following reports eminating from the region that it is underdeveloped and marginalized.

Ambassador Aldo Dell'Ariccia.
Ambassador Aldo Dell’Ariccia.

The visit which began today will end on 2 February.According to the EU communications department, the delegation intends to engage with local economic,social and political actors to assert publicly and clearly its commitment to the development of the region as well as to seek insights and ideas for the future prospects of engagement in Matebeleland.

The visit is coming at a time when the country's opposition political parties, civil society and pressure groups have agreed on the need for a new constitution to guarantee proportional representation and devolution of power.

Groups in Matebeleland say political power and resource allocation decisions were controlled in Harare, making it difficult for accountability and fair distribution of resources.

"The delegation will engage in dialogue with local partners on a number of topical issues during public round will also monitor the impact and results of the many ongoing interventions supported in Matebeleland through visits to various projects in and around Bulawayo," the EU said.

Some of the activities to be conducted during the tour will include a courtesy call to the Governor and Mayor of Bulawayo,field visit to health and education facilities in Bulawayo town,round table on priority actions to improve access to basic services in Matebeleland,field visit to projects supporting basic service delivery to disadvantaged communities and a round table on private sector development in the region.

Other activities will include a field visit to FAO food security projects and a round table on migration issues.Another round table will also focus on food security in Matebeleland and its development priorities.

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