Chombo to probe Chegutu rot

HARARE - Ignatius Chombo, the Local Government minister, is set to dispatch an investigation team to Chegutu to probe the rot that is setting in the town’s council, a government official has said.

Christopher Shumba, Mashonaland West provincial administrator, told Chegutu residents during a consultative meeting held last weekend, that Chombo is aware of the rot wrought by the Chegutu Municipality. He said the minister is going to deal with the matter.

“Burst sewer pipes are not being attended to as the council is prioritising other things,” Shumba said.

“There is the controversy surrounding the traffic robot. It was said to have been purchased for $50 000 but the Chinhoyi Council also have the same robot and they say they got it for about $7 000. There is something amiss here and Chombo is aware of all this.

“What I can tell you is that he is setting up a team to come and investigate all this rot.”

Shumba listed residents’ complaints, ranging from the allocation of stands to the budget.

“We understand that there is a lot of rot in the Chegutu urban municipality,” he said.

“We understand that the residents do not understand the budget as the figures constantly change. One day it has increased by $20 and the other day it has decreased by a certain amount.

“We also understand that the way stands are allocated is in a dubious manner. Preference is give to people who are not from Chegutu.”

Shumba said the council is involved in land wrangles with a hospital and a school.

“There is a stand wrangle between the council and a certain school. We have to investigate and find out who the land really belongs to. We have some suburbs that have had no water
for how many years?” Shumba asked.

“We gather that the council wants to take over a stand reserved for a hospital saying it was not meant for the hospital. The Chegutu Maternal Clinic is quickly turning into Chegutu Ruins as it is still not opened three years on. I don’t know what’s happening but we expect it to be opened.”

Dexter Nduna, Chegutu West Zanu PF legislator, who had organised the consultative meeting, said the council together with the mayor should be booted out.

“We cannot let this continue,” Nduna said. “This MDC-led council has failed to deliver. It is now time we pass a vote of no confidence on the mayor and his council.

“There is a lot of rot going on and residents in turn have resolved not to pay rates. Why should they pay for service they are not getting? We are going to have another meeting where Chombo himself will be there because we cannot let this rot continue any further.

“Just the other day, I saw an advert in a newspaper where the council was saying it was looking for Toyota Fortuners. Can you imagine that? These councillors are prioritising luxury cars at the expense of service delivery. The time has come for us to remove the failed councillors and call for by-elections.”

Comments (1)

Rot investigating rot ???? dont be funny guys

SHELZ - 27 August 2014

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