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Sigola women participate in local budget tracking and monitoring

Women’s Institute for Leadership Development (WILD) facilitated a Gender-responsive budget tracking and monitoring exercise in uMzingwane District’s Ward 1(Sigola).

By Payton Sibanda

The main purpose for the tracking and monitoring exercise was to ensure that the financial, operational and capital plans that were developed and approved for implementation are being enforced. The tracking and monitoring process will ensure efficiency, effectiveness, transparency and accountability in the use of public funds.
Sharing the importance of a gender-responsive budget, WILD Public Relations Officer Bridgette Ndlovu said it promotes inclusive citizen participation and promotes gender-equitable distribution of resources within local government plans.
Women highlighted that so far the construction of the maternity ward has been completed. However, they indicated that other projects such as road rehabilitation in Ntshamathe and iMbizo villages still need to be executed.
Women expressed their concern over major projects that remain unfulfilled which include de-silting of dams.
“We proposed construction and de-silting of dams, however, nothing has been done,” lamented one of the residents.
Women said the non-existence of a secondary school in the area remains a thorny issue. Responding to this matter, the local councillor Catherine Ndebele said the economic situation in the country is affecting the full implementation of community projects.
“As a councillor, I want to encourage all of us to participate in local-level planning so as to contribute meaningfully to the development of Sigola,” she said.

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