Residents want good relations

Residents here expect a cordial working relationship between the next Zanu (PF) Minister of Local Government and councillors in order to pave way for effective service delivery.


Harare Residents Trust Director, Precious Shumba, said effective service delivery hinged on the quality of relations between the Minister and councillors and their ability to work towards the common goal of addressing residents’ concerns.

The comments from the HRT come in the wake of sentiments by outgoing Minister of Local Government, Ignatius Chombo, that he would block the MDC-T’s choices for mayors in Harare, Bulawayo and Chitungwiza.

He alleged the MDC-T was supposed to have chosen its mayors from elected councillors rather than picking from outside.

The MDC-T selected former Senator Obert Gutu as the next Mayor of Harare. Gutu will be deputised by Kambuzuma Councillor, Thomas Muzuva.

“The expectation of the HRT is that whoever is appointed as the Minister should provide a conducive environment to help the local authorities improve service delivery. They both must rise above party interests and serve residents by improving social services,” said Shumba.

He defended the MDC-T’s selection of its candidate for the position of Mayor.

“The MDC-T has a right to recommend its own officials for positions. The councils will only run smoothly as long as there is a common agenda among them, and everything is being done in compliance with the Constitution and the Urban Councils Act,” said Shumba.

He implored MDC-T councillors to show respect for council procedures during the conduct of their duties to avoid unnecessary confrontations.

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