|Part of the people who attended the meeting, maintaining social distance.|
…community in dire need of primary school
Villagers in the Zvamahande area in Masvingo West Ward 33 have engaged their local councillor Tawanda Dube on several issues affecting their community at a feedback meeting facilitated by TellZim and Media Centre on April 21.
Community members in the Springspruit area in Zvamahande, Mashava, gathered at a community nutritional garden that Centre for Gender and Community Development in Zimbabwe (CGCDZ) helped to set up and had the opportunity to get clarification on accessibility and distribution of resources in their community from Dube, who gave them feedback on various developmental projects.
Speaking at the meeting, Dube said engaging with the community gives him information on what to prioritize, which has helped him source for resources.
"Today we are gathered here at this garden, which came as a result of my engagement with community members after they told me of the dire need of a project that both enhances livelihoods and empowers women and youth.
"Villagers are happy that when they raise their issues with me I take them up and engage those who can assist, like this nutritional garden and irrigation project," Dube said.
Women who attended the meeting told the councillor about the need for a primary school in the area as the one available is too far for Early Childhood Development (ECD) scholars.
"We are appealing for a school nearer to our community because between here and the closest school there are streams which may be a risk especially to ECD pupils," Felistas Moyo, one of the participants said.
Dube said he was going to look into the issues that were discussed, among them the availability of boreholes, projects for the youth and women, as well as transparency information regarding aid from the Department of Social Welfare.