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BPRA weekend activities report: 26-27 January 2013
Residents Association (BPRA)
January 28, 2013
This past weekend
(26 - 27 January 2013) Bulawayo Progressive Residents Association
(BPRA) held four consultative meetings in Nkulumane, Pumula North,
Old Pumula and Luveve. The meetings provided platforms for residents
to engage with their respective councillors on pertinent issues
of service delivery and local governance. Representatives from the
Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) and the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply
Authority (ZESA) had also been invited to the meetings, but they
were not able to attend the meetings.
major issues discussed at the meetings included:
- The water
crisis in Bulawayo - Councillors told residents that the water
committee would be meeting on Wednesday 30 January 2013 to discuss
the water crisis where a decision would be made to either reduce
water shedding days or leave them at the current four days a week.
- Refuse collection
- The councillors and the residents in attendance castigated residents
for littering and illegal dumping of refuse. The issues of irregular
collection of refuse by the local authority and the fact that
residents have no bins were not raised. However councillors argued
that BCC could only collect refuse twice every month due to unavailability
of refuse compactors and shortage of funds.
- Road Maintenance
- Speaking at the meeting held in Nkulumane, Mayor Thaba Moyo
hinted that there was a need for roads in the city to be overhauled
and new ones built. He overtly stated that patching of potholes
was not working as the patching was washed away whenever rains
Maintenance - Residents bemoaned the poor state of council property,
including halls, arguing that BCC was neglecting its properties.
Councillors responded by saying that there was a need for properties
to be maintained, but the local authority was facing financial
challenges because residents were unable to pay their bills due
to the harsh economic climate prevailing in the country.
on informal traders - Residents urged the local authority to relax
some of its by-laws with regards to informal traders, arguing
that high unemployment had left most residents reliant on vending
and small scale trading. They said the country was in an abnormal
situation, hence it was absurd to adhere to laws that were crafted
for normal situations. They thus requested that municipal police
be lenient on residents trading without licenses.
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