Councillor provides free funeral services

Special Zuze, Ward 2 Highfield West councillor, has come to the rescue of the poor in his community - providing free funeral services and affordable transport for pre-school children.

Special Zuze: I am obliged to assist residents who invested their faith in my leadership.
Special Zuze: I am obliged to assist residents who invested their faith in my leadership.

His fleet of commuter omnibuses transports the children at half the normal fare, while he contributes food and coffins to the bereaved who cannot afford them.

“As ward councillor I am obliged to make life easier for members of the community, who invested their faith in my leadership. Given the people’s trust in me, I cannot afford to fold my arms while people struggle to bury their dead and transport their children to school,” said the commuter omnibus operator.

Residents described the MDC-T councillor as a leader living up to his election campaign promises.

“Zuze has revived memories of the councillor in the good old days, who would shoulder the responsibilities of the needy. He is a father figure walking his campaign manifesto,” said Edington Mugova.

Miriam Sawungweme of Gazaland said, “Zuze assisted my family with transport, coffin and food when my father passed on last February. Children enjoy affordable transport out of the councillor’s goodwill.”

To help residents have shelter of their own, Zuze has successfully approached the City of Harare to provide residential stands for the poor in his ward and around Highfields. Dozens of families have since been allocated in-fill stands by the local authority and have begun constructing their houses.

said though residents would expect ward councillors to be people’s representatives, a city father who goes the extra mile to make life easier for his constituency would be commended.

“Councillors like Zuze who assist their communities during their hour of need show qualities of good leadership,” said Simbarashe Moyo, chairperson of the Combined Harare Residents Association.

He urged other councillors and elected officials to emulate Zuze, saying residents expected the city fathers to take their concerns to respective local authorities and bring feedback. Residents from local authorities all around the country have been complaining for years of elected ward councillors lining their pockets at the expense of local communities.

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