New mayors elected amid high expectations

HARARE - Residents associations have welcomed the election of new mayors, demanding that service delivery improves.

New ceremonial mayors were elected in all local authorities throughout the country on Monday.

Precious Shumba, director at Combined Harare Residents Trust, said the relations between the council and residents will be determined by how the city fathers perform.

“We congratulate His Worship councillor Bernard Manyenyeni for being elected mayor of Harare. However, our relationship with him shall be guided by his performance in improving people’s lives and his ability to balance various political interests,” Shumba said.

“Our expectation is that, as the mayor of the capital city and the chairperson of the Harare Metropolitan Council, Manyenyeni has to rise above narrow partisan interests and embrace diversity in all its forms.”

Shumba said that the council should fully engage residents, vendors and the business community as partners and not beneficiaries of council programmes.

Bulawayo Progressive Residents’ Association (Bupra) welcomed the election of Martin Moyo as the new Bulawayo mayor and said it expects the council to tackle problems facing the city.

Emmanuel Ndlovu, Bupra’s advocacy and programmes manager, said: “We want residents to be consulted and involved in various local authority processes. We want the council to be alive to such issues as perennial water problems in the city and not wait for disaster to strike. They should put in place measures and mechanisms to foresee disaster and prepare. Our advice to the mayor and his team is let them put the residents first and their (local authority) interest later.”

The city of Bulawayo has been facing a deepening water crisis after three dams, Upper Ncema, Lower Ncema and Mzingwane ran dry last year.

The Bulawayo City Council then introduced massive water rationing which angered residents.

Ndlovu said Bulawayo residents expect the council to perform better than the last one.

Comments (2)

Fine, we have new mayors. Hip hp hooray. But will they perform? I think not. They were imposed upon us, and so all they will do is to warm their seats at the City Council offices, while chatting on the phone with their small houses and friends, while service delivery in the cities goes to blazes, cholera epidemics loom, streetlights are knocked out of action and never repaired and while residents grow unhappier and angrier by the day. This is the sort of dogs mess that we have had in the past and it most definitely is the sort of situation we can look forward to from this day forward. Look around you, gentle reader, and see what I mean. Posters are put up advertising all sorts of events and never removed by the organisers of said events when the thing is over. I passed through Unity Square the other day, looking at the fountains. It was saddening to see how filthy they are, with decomposed flowers, condoms, newspapers and plastic shoes, of all things, floating in the scummy water. I challenge all these newly elected mayors to leave their limousines behind and walk the streets of the cities, looking at the mess and listening to people's woes.

Dr Doowop - 19 September 2013

Residence should not expect much from these Mayors as long chombo is the minister. Just like before, it is chombo's foolishness that will ruin the service delivery.

Experience - 20 September 2013

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