Shamu pledges to uplift lives of rural folk Dr Aaron Shamu

Farirai Machivenyika Senior Reporter

The recently elected chairman of the Association of Rural District Councils of Zimbabwe, Dr Aaron Shamu has pledged to complement Government’s policies and programmes meant to uplift the livelihoods of the rural populace.

Dr Shamu who is also the chairman of the Goromonzi Rural District Council, was elected chairman of the ARDC last week when he defeated former ARDC chairman Cde Guy Mutasa from Makoni Rural District Council by 34 votes to 23.

“I want to thank the rural district council for the faith they bestowed in me. I feel exceedingly humbled by their trust and support and promise that I will not betray their trust.

“My main task will be to work towards the implementation of Government’s programmes and policies especially the devolution policy which has been championed by President Mnangagwa to ensure development of rural communities where the majority of our people reside,” Dr Shamu said.

Dr Shamu also called for unity among councils to ensure they achieve their set objectives and aspirations.

“What is now left is for us to work together and united we shall achieve our objectives and aspirations. We are one and nothing should ever divide us.

He also said he would lobby for the alignment of local government laws with the Constitution.

“We have several laws, some that were enacted in the 1980s that need to be aligned to the Constitution in order to boost revenues for rural district councils taking into account current developments,” Dr Shamu said.

The ARDCZ is an organisation that promotes development and devolution as captured in the Rural District Councils Act.

This dovetails with the Second Republic’s thrust of creating an upper middle-income society by 2030, and President Mnangagwa’s drive to ensure no one and no place is left behind.

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