Small par­ties vie for ward 37

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - SOYISO MALITI

SMALL par­ties are stak­ing their claim in the forth­com­ing ward 37 by-elec­tion, be­liev­ing it is time big­ger par­ties moved over and al­lowed the com­mu­nity to come up with so­lu­tions.

An­war Adams, ward 37 can­di­date for the Demo­cratic In­de­pen­dent party, said big par­ties had failed Nyanga. He is one of four hope­fuls vy­ing for the seat in the by-elec­tion tak­ing place on Wed­nes­day.

Crime is a ma­jor prob­lem in Nyanga, es­pe­cially in ward 37, he said. “One must iden­tify the causes which in­flict so­cial ills in ward 37, which is sur­rounded by six other wards. There is ob­vi­ously then an over­spill (of is­sues) into ward 37.

“Once these causes are iden­ti­fied, one must use a con­gru­ent ap­proach of con­sult­ing with all role­play­ers from both the vic­tims and per­pe­tra­tors.

“As a DI coun­cil­lor, I would hold in­tense meet­ings to es­tab­lish any griev­ances each group would have and then wel­come ideas and in­ter­ven­tions to rid ward 37 of the crime-cap­i­tal la­bel.”

He said the most re­cent no­table crimes in the ward in­cluded the at­tempted armed rob­bery of MEC Al­bert Fritz, which re­sulted in a shoot-out. Daily

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was rel­a­tively un­known, it could be of ser­vice to the com­mu­nity. He promised he would be “the voice of the peo­ple in coun­cil” and would en­sure the city de­liv­ered ba­sic ser­vices.

Sam said he would also en­sure pot­holes were fixed and rub­bish col­lected, im­prove high-mast street light­ing, deal with is­sues of over­crowded homes and al­le­vi­ate un­em­ploy­ment.

The PAC’s ward 37 can­di­date, Tu­lani Pike, said the party had a good track record in fight­ing crime in Nyanga East. “It is the only or­gan­i­sa­tion that is close to the youth and able to speak their lan­guage.” He said the PAC had been in­stru­men­tal in fight­ing gang­ster­ism in this com­mu­nity from the days of “Nt­sara”, a known crim­i­nal. He was fur­ther spurred on to make him­self avail­able as a can­di­date af­ter a mur­der took place on his of­fice doorstep. An armed Oyama Man­tashe had at­tempted to rob so­cial de­vel­op­ment MEC Al­bert Fritz when he was shot dead by Fritz’s body­guard.

Pike, whom the PAC de­scribed as hav­ing a “sound ed­u­ca­tional back­ground”, gov­ern­ment and cor­po­rate ex­pe­ri­ence, said he of­fered the ward “lead­er­ship that has been lack­ing there for many years”.

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