Chief Nemamwa decries area’s failure to leverage on GZ Monuments


Masvingo (New Ziana) -Chief Nemamwa from Masvingo province, has decried the failure of his area to leverage on its proximity to the Great Zimbabwe Monuments, which is a world heritage site, to develop.

Born Fungai Manjiva, the traditional leader told Masvingo-based journalists at belated World Press Freedom Day commemorations held at Sikato Secondary School last weekend that Nemamwa Growth Point and the rest of his area were were failing to unlock the tourism value of the monuments.

Chief Nemamwa said his area had seen little development in terms of schools and clinics, and expansion of the growth point derived from its proximity to the World Heritage site, which is a prime tourist attraction.

“We want to see development in our local schools and clinics. Nemamwa Secondary School has no houses for teachers, there are more than 32 teachers that do not have adequate houses. Our tourist attraction has to bring about development,” he said.

He said people from Nemamwa travel to Mogernster Mission Hospital, about 5 km east of the growth point, Ngomahuru Hospital and Masvingo Provincial Hospital about 30 km away, for better health services.

Chif Nemamwa said he envisaged retail outlets like Pik‘n’Pay, OK Supermarket and other corporates to open shops at Nemamwa Growth Point so that it grows and attains town status.

Such developments would in turn create employment oportunities for youth in the area, he said.

Zimbabwe has three cultural and two natural World Heritage Sites, namely Great Zimbabwe Ruins, Khami Ruins, Matobo Hills, Mana Pools and Victoria Falls/ Mosi-oa-Tunya).

A World Heritage Site is a natural or cultural site that the world community regards as having immense universal value.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization has designated 1 121 monuments across 167 countries, 119 of which are in Africa.

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