Patched, cleaned for the VP's funeral

HARARE - If there are incidences that capture the low levels of value that the Zimbabwe government and the Harare City Council places on the lives of citizens and residents then the death of Vice President John Nkomo captures this in a very interesting manner.

Harvey Brown is the street where VP Nkomo’s Milton Park home is located and the place of his funeral wake, and I understand he was staying there throughout his illness.

On Monday January 21 Harvey Brown, normally a treacherous road as a result of its knee-deep potholes, dotted all over so much that it is difficult to drive, was all patched up, all in preparation for the senior Zanu PF leaders including President Robert Mugabe to pay their condolences at the Nkomo family home.

Finally VP Nkomo was able to be driven, in his death, on a normal road, a privilege that he was not afforded when he was alive.

I am sure when he drove home from Cabinet, politburo and related engagements he had to contend, like everyone else, with the menacing potholes.

Were it not that his official vehicle was serviced by the state, he like all of us would have had to fork out a couple of hundreds of dollars every few months for new tyres and shock absorbers.

From Harvey Brown, the City of Harare went to Mbare and cleaned up the rubbish at Stodart Hall and surrounding areas.

Harare Residents Trust says the roads to Stodart were also patched up.

By these actions, the Harare City Council has demonstrated a shameful disregard of its residents beyond imagination.

Everyday, residents complain of rubbish, and potholes and the few occasions these issues are addressed is when a senior official and Heroes’ Acre-bound person dies.

Is it not shameful that a service that should be granted under normal circumstances awaits the death and funeral of a top official to be enjoyed?

We also remember this is a city council that bought top-of-the-range four wheel drive mercs for the ceremonial mayor.

This is also a city council that bought top-of-the-range four wheel drive land cruisers for its town clerk and other senior officers.

The ceremonial mayor, one Muchadeyi Masunda told us then, that these packages were in the contracts of the said officials.

Yet the same mayor does not feel obligated to fulfil his social contract with residents — that is providing a service that we pay for.

One is left wondering whether the mayor and the Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo, even know where Mbare, Dzivaresekwa, Kuwadzana, Highfield, Tafara and Mabvuku are.

They are comfortable in Borrowdale and surrounding suburbs where they have borehole water, and dedicated rubbish trucks and I am sure dedicated road maintenance services.

If these people knew where the stated neglected suburbs are, they would know these areas have gone for months without water and many are flooding under sewage leading to deaths and sickness from cholera and typhoid.

If these people can do this to VP Nkomo, how much more of disrespect can they do to lesser beings like us?
The Zimbabwe government and the city council, have proven to be insensitive, incompetent and not worthy of our support.   

The sum total of this behaviour is that our local and national affairs are being presided over by people who have developed into selfish ogres, with no inclination and no qualms at all about promoting self interest at the expense of all.

Daily, these people are on national TV and in the media all appearing concerned about the condition of the citizen, yet their actions on the ground tell a different story.  

The mayor of Harare, Masunda has failed to stand by the people of Harare in their hour of need.

Who has seen this man visit those afflicted by typhoid, who has seen this man visit flood-hit homes in Kuwadzana?

For residents of Harvey Brown in Milton Park, VP Nkomo left them a last gift, a patched up road.

As for the rest, suit yourselves says the city council and the government. - David Mutomba

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