Harare’s deputy-Mayor elect ‘delighted’ by new post

The new deputy mayor elect of Harare has said he is ‘delighted’ by his victory and has pledged to work for the good of the city despite serious financial constraints.

Thomas Muzuva, MDC-T councillor for Ward 14 in Kambuzuma told SW Radio Africa on Tuesday that the new council set up at Town House will bring in some ideas that he believes will make the town more attractive to residents and visitors.

“Top on our list is the refurbishment of roads in the city. The development and maintenance of roads in Harare will be our priority as we believe we made giants strides in the provision of refuse collection and health delivery in our council clinics,” Muzuva said.

The 42 year-old second term councilor said financial constraints will however impede most of their projects, due the directive by the outgoing Local Government Minister Ignatius Chombo for councils to write off debts owed by the residents.

“This was an electoral pledge that has hit Harare the hardest. We had loyal rate payers who stopped paying because of ZANU PF’s campaign promise. We have workers in council who have not been paid in the last month and who are planning to stage demonstrations once the new councilors are sworn in,” Muzuva added.

Apart from the cash constraints, the deputy mayor said because of his previous five years as councilor in the city he now has a drawing board full of ideas that he believes will help to accomplish some achievements in the city.

He said the council’s biggest immediate plan is to pave some streets in the city and implement a clean-up campaign to make the capital more attractive.

“We've got some plans to break it out by wards and have the councilors take charge in each ward to identify key people and workers and hopefully it'll just spread all over Harare,” Muzuva added. – SW Radio Africa News

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