Residents demand for accountability in Masvingo urban

On Saturday the 2ND of August 2014,about 250 ward 7 residents of Rujeko suburb in Masvingo demonstrated at the residence of Rujeko councilor Mr Richard Musekiwa demanding responsiveness from the elected leader. The residents had gathered in anticipation of being addressed by Mr Musekiwa at Rujeko primary grounds under the Muonde tree to have a dialogue with the elected official who decided to absent himself.

The ward 7 residents interpreted this as lack of responsiveness of Mr Musekiwa whom they elected and shouldered with the onus to represent ward 7 at council level. This follows a dialogue meeting between residents and elected officials which was facilitated by Masvingo Residents Trust (MTR) in conjunction with Election Resource Centre held at Rujeko hall on the 26th of July 2014 in which the councilor again decided not to come.

In the dialogue meeting the residents decided to call again the councilor to address them, whom they accused of failing to come back to the constituency to deliberate on arising matters as well as the promises he made during the campaigns for the 2013 elections which saw him becoming the ward 7 in Rujeko in Masvingo. The residents who gathered were mostly women and they demanded why the councilor was after a year after Mr Musekiwa had not allocated flee market stands were yet to be allocated.

Mr Musekiwa during his campaigns was on numerous occasions found promising to allocate flee market stands to the residents of Rujeko but a year after him being elected to represent the residents failed dismally to fulfilled his words Other area of concern which the residents wanted addressed include the kick start of the construction of a secondary school in Rujeko which was promulgated on paper in 2009 but remains a pipe dream.

The residents also demanded to know the progress that was made so far by the Masvingo City Council in the construction of the foot bridge that links Rujeko suburb and town. The residents who were addressed by the chairperson for Masvingo Residents Trust Mr Prosper Tiringindi upon realizing ha the councilor M r Musekiwa was not coming decided to put their grievances in writing and submit to the elected official M r Musekiwa at his place of residents.

The residents sang revolutionary songs as they approached M r Musekiwa’s place of residents with their grievances written on paper. Elected officials should always be responsive to the needs of the electorate and should always priorities the needs of their various constituencies. Ward 7 residents are waiting for the response from their councilor expected on the 16th of August at the same venue. As MRT we demand accountability and responsiveness of elected leaders to the needs of residents.

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