Mutare ratepay­ers de­mand ac­tion

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Man­i­ca­land Cor­re­spon­dent

THE United Mutare Res­i­dents’ and Ratepay­ers’ Trust (UMRRT) has urged re­cently sworn-in coun­cil­lors to serve res­i­dents and at­tend to their needs dili­gently.

Speak­ing at the coun­cil­lors’ ori­en­ta­tion ses­sion, UMRRT di­rec­tor Dr Se­bas­tian Bakare said Mutare res­i­dents were con­fi­dent the coun­cil­lors would ad­dress the chal­lenges they were fac­ing.

He said some of the res­i­dents’ griev­ances in­cluded er­ratic refuse col­lec­tion, poor road main­te­nance and in­ad­e­quate fa­cil­i­ties for hous­ing, ed­u­ca­tion and health.

“The res­i­dents do not ex­pect a mir­a­cle for these things to be done overnight, but be­lieve that dur­ing your term of of­fice some changes have to be im­ple­mented and bring back our city’s glo­ri­ous im­age of the past,” said Dr Bakare.

He urged coun­cil­lors to ac­quire more qual­i­fi­ca­tions so that they gain tech­ni­cal skills to steer the agenda of lo­cal author­i­ties and im­prove ser­vice de­liv­ery.

“Coun­cil­lors should be hum­ble de­ci­sion-mak­ers and must be ap­proach­able to peo­ple in the com­mu­nity,” said Dr Bakare.

Mutare Mayor Mr Bless­ing Tandi said some of the res­i­dents’ griev­ances would be ad­dressed through con­sul­ta­tions with them and shar­ing ideas on how to trans­form the city.

“The city is los­ing treated wa­ter to leak­ages, which cre­ates short­ages in some sub­urbs,” said Mr Tandi.

He said coun­cil was work­ing on up­grad­ing old wa­ter in­fra­struc­ture as well as re­pair­ing wa­ter valves to re­duce in­ci­dences of pipe bursts.

“We want to in­tro­duce new projects in the com­mu­ni­ties that will up­lift youths’ so­cial and fi­nan­cial life as well as ed­u­cate them,” said Mr Tandi.

Mr Tandi said they were tar­get­ing to im­prove refuse col­lec­tion es­pe­cially in the wake of re­ports on out­breaks of cholera in some ar­eas in Man­i­ca­land.

He said they in­tended to im­prove the city’s health fa­cil­i­ties and make sure cholera would not spread to un­af­fected ar­eas.

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