At least 40 Ward Advocacy Committee members from Lupane, Plumtree, Gwanda, Umzingwane and Bulawayo gathered yesterday for a Mid-year Planning and Review session. The aim of the meeting was to assess the progress made by ward structures in demanding transparency and accountability from their duty bearers as well as commend their proven ability in self-mobilizing for better service delivery.
During the strategic planning meeting one of the ward advocacy members from Lupane, Vuyisile Ngwenya said communities play a pivotal role in the development discourse and have the capacity and confidence to effect the change they want to see.
“It is our duty as citizens to demand improved service delivery from our local authorities,” she said.” We are women who have been empowered enough to identify our needs and ensure they are met at all costs.”
Speaking on behalf of Plumtree residents, Lydia Maphosa said the inclusion of young women in decision-making processes will increase citizen’s active involvement in local governance issues.
Young women who attended the meeting gave feedback on what they have achieved and seek to continue pursuing in their different communities.
“In Gwanda, in the first half of the year, we focused on sharing the meaning of devolution of power. So far, we have identified 15 young women and trained them on all aspects of devolution. We are also working with the local authority to improve access to water and address sewer reticulation challenges in Ward 5 and 6,” said Buhlebemvelo Moyo, a representative from Gwanda.
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