Demo over council

Local residents here led by their association, Gweru Residents and Rate payers Association today took to the streets protesting poor services by the council. The demonstration is a first of its kind in the last decade.

The residents marched from the city’s Big Clock in Third Street to town house in eighth street-chanting slogans against the councillors.

Cornerlias Selipiwe, the GRRA chairperson, said residents have lost patience with the local authority over its failure to address problems affecting the city.

“In surbubs like Senga and Mkoba 19, there are serious water problems affecting residents but the council is casting a blind eye on the issue.

“Roads in the city are marred with potholes but instead of us seeing council acting on that problem, all we see are council officials driving in posh cars.”

Selipiwe also added that the residents are also irked by corruption taking place at town house involving councillors.

Last year the Gweru United Residents Association, another residents’ pressure group led by Danny Munetsi, presented the Local government ministry with a dossier chronicling corruption at town house.

The document stated that the councillors and deputy mayor Taurai Demo were advertising commercial stands in the press in accordance with the Urban Councils Act whereupon they would proceed to purchase them on personal capacities.

Meanwhile unknown youths invaded the demonstration carrying placards that opposed the agenda of the entirety of the residents. Some of the placards denounced Sessil Zvidzai, the Deputy Local government minister.

“I know that it was the work of ZANU (PF) and so I am not surprised. We know how the party operates,” Zvidzai told The Zimbabwean in response.

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