Chirundu Local Board COE

Date: October 7, 2018
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Fact file
Country Zimbabwe
Province/Region Mashonaland East
Baseline score  9
Post-2015 score
Population  1911
Number of women councillors 1
Number of men councillors  2
Joined the COE programme  2018
Anchored Entrepreneurship Programme  No

Chirundu is a town and border post in Zimbabwe on the border with Zambia, in Mashonaland West province. The name Chirundu means “people following one another in a line or queue” probably referring to the crossing of the Zambezi river by bridge at Chirundu. The village is located on the banks of the Zambezi river, and as a result, it lies in the hot Zambezi Valley. It is the site of the Chirundu Bridges, two of only five road or rail bridges across the Zambezi river.

On the Zambian side of the river is a slightly larger town also called Chirundu. The bridge is the principal border crossing for traffic travelling from Harare in Zimbabwe, to Lusaka in Zambia. Chirundu is surrounded by wildlife/safari areas, elephants frequently wander around the town. It is also a popular destination for fishing.

The council is a spoke council in the hub and spoke programme for gender mainstreaming in local government, being mentored by Chinhoyi Municipality. The council has a waste management project for women who clean the town. The council is also constructing mother’s shelters and employing the elderly in exchange for cancelling off their debts.

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