Chin­hoyi far from get­ting city sta­tus

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - National News - For­tu­nate Gora Cor­re­spon­dent

CHIN­HOYI Mu­nic­i­pal­ity is far from achiev­ing its dream of at­tain­ing city sta­tus af­ter a num­ber of gaps were ex­posed dur­ing a bud­get con­sul­ta­tive meet­ing for stake­hold­ers last week.

Some of the short­com­ings high­lighted by the stake­hold­ers are poor road main­te­nance, in­ad­e­quate ablu­tion fa­cil­i­ties, un­re­li­able emer­gency ser­vices, lack of street and traf­fic lights among oth­ers.

The busi­ness fra­ter­nity chal­lenged the lo­cal author­ity to im­prove ser­vice de­liv­ery if it is to at­tain the city sta­tus by De­cem­ber 31.

Busi­ness­man Mr Den­nis Kagonye pleaded with the lo­cal author­ity to re­ha­bil­i­tate its roads, which were now in bad shape.

“Coun­cil also needs to pro­vide ad­e­quate wa­ter sup­plies in Chin­hoyi,” he said.

The town was ex­pe­ri­enc­ing er­ratic wa­ter sup­plies, which many fear, could ex­pose res­i­dents to dis­eases. A branch man­ager of a lead­ing re­tail chain, who re­quested anonymity, said Chin­hoyi had no ablu­tion fa­cil­ity ex­pos­ing res­i­dents to wa­ter­borne dis­eases.

“To make this vi­sion a re­al­ity, the lo­cal author­ity need to in­crease the num­ber of toi­lets in the town be­cause there is a lot defe­ca­tion in the open due to the short­age of toi­lets,” he said.

There are two pub­lic toi­lets in the Chin­hoyi CBD and one of the two is a pay toi­let which goes for 50 cents.

Coun­cil­lor for Ward 10 Ish­mael Gava Madya­vanhu said coun­cil should con­struct some traf­fic lights and street lights at Si­noia Pri­mary School, say­ing the area was be­com­ing a dan­ger zone for school chil­dren.

“That area is be­com­ing a black spot and school chil­dren are at risk,” he said. “It needs ur­gent at­ten­tion so that we can­not con­tinue risk­ing the lives of these lit­tle ones.”

Mean­while, Chin­hoyi Mu­nic­i­pal­ity fi­nance direc­tor Mr Zepha­nia Chi­rarwe said the lo­cal author­ity owes its cred­i­tors at least $19m while it’s owed more than $40m.

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