By Staff Reporter
Marondera Central legislator Caston Matewu says plans to twin Marondera Municipality with Bournemouth City of England are still alive but have been derailed by the COVID-19 and subsequent national lockdown.
Matewu said as soon as the COVID-19 lockdown is over he will begin pushing for the deal.
“In fact, it is the authorities in Bournemouth who are piling pressure on me to ensure that the deal sails through,” says Matewu.
He dispelled allegations that he is trying to hide behind the emergence of COVID-19 as an excuse for not fulfilling the promise he made to the electorate whilst campaigning for the MP’s seat, saying the deal is still alive.
The twining of the two urban cities may see Marondera Municipality benefiting more in terms of modern infrastructural development as well as how it can become a modern city.
“As some people might be aware, I stayed in the United Kingdom for a very long time and I sat on several boards in Bournemouth. It is my wish for Marondera Municipality to partner with Bournemouth City and I have strong connections for that to happen.
“In pursuance to that, I wrote a letter to the powers that be in Bournemouth City, highlighting my wish for the town to partner with Marondera Municipality and they have no qualms with that.
“The initial plan was for me to go to the United Kingdom in April to initiate the process, but that was shelved by the lockdown which was caused by the coronavirus pandemic. As soon as the lockdown regulations are lifted, I will pick it up from there, ” he said.
Harare has been at the forefront of twinning with other foreign cities and has benefited from such partnerships with places such as Nanning in China.