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Put service delivery first, Mr President
Residents Association (CHRA)
August 23, 2013
Mugabe was sworn in yesterday as the head of state and government
amidst calls for interrogation into his
election victory which has been described by many as free and
not fair. President Mugabe won by a 61% margin ahead of his main
rival, Morgan Tsvangirai who polled 33%. However, residents of Harare
have pointed out that the new Zanu-PF government should put issues
of service delivery first ahead of their personal interests. Of
late, Harare has been crippled by service delivery failure which
only manifested after the July 31st election. Electricity distribution
had stabilised significantly but the post election era saw massive
power cuts mainly in suburbs that lie in the periphery of Harare.
The call for
improvement in service delivery has been stemming at each of the
five peace committee meetings convened this week and residents have
made it clear that rates boycott will be imminent if this erratic
provision of water and electricity continues. In Msasa Park, residents
last had running water on their taps more than three years back
and this area alone has been grappling with dry taps with residents
resorting to digging wells. Inter-city road networks need to be
improved to allow for local economic development. Roads that lead
to Mbare Musika need to be resurfaced and the new government will
need to prioritise this. Other new settlements in Harare still need
to be tarred. In Waterfalls we still have dust roads and this sets
low standards for Zimbabwe’s capital.
feel relieved by the slashing of rates, we still await the local
authority’s financial recovery plan which should have been
communicated in the manner in which the slashing of rates was sounded.
To date, nothing has been put on record with regards to the recovery
plan pointing out how local authorities are going to be fundraising
outside rates. We also demand to know what is going to happen to
the huge debt that government owed Harare City Council together
with other military and police departments. This will set a bad
precedence on the part of government because government will continue
to use services rendered by Harare City Council without paying a
single cent subsequently putting the burden on residents.
we demand effective, efficient and affordable services as one of
the benchmarks we will use to measure performance of the current
Zanu-PF government. We will not hesitate to disengage at various
levels of governance should we at any time be deprived of our right
to water and other rudimentary services. We shall be reviewing performance
of each service provider quarterly and releasing their respective
score-cards against the Zanu-PF manifesto.
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