Outgoing Harare Mayor Bernard Manyenyeni says council has failed to deliver a decent service delivery and bring sanity to the capital.
Zororai Nkomo zifmnews.com
Speaking during the state of the city address Councillor Manyenyeni said: “The state of refuse collection been a remained a source of worry for council and failure to meet the refuse collection schedule has led to illegal garbage dumps across the City. Council procured 30 refuse compactors, of which only 9 were delivered last year, while 21 remain outstanding due to foreign currency shortages.”
He said his predecessor should be an executive mayor who can change things and stop the current mismanagement where $5 million is being channelled to sport while the council doesn’t have enough refuse compactors.
“I am violently opposed to the quantum of $5.7 million budgeted for sport, $2.5 million for football in particular and the poor diversity of allocations particularly at a time when we do not have enough refuse trucks and we occasionally run out of diesel, bond paper and toners.,’ he said.
“This is the time when the calls for a benevolent dictator get loudest. We need someone with a sjambok and powerful enough to overturn the tables in the temple.”
He said the Harare municipality requires almost a decade for it to provide a decent service delivery system.
“The turnaround of this City requires almost ten years of making tough long-deferred decisions,” councilor Manyenyeni said.
“We had also hoped the new government will provide a conducive environment fast enough for the reconstruction of our public institutions like your Council and the economy.
He said there was urgent need to address challenges such potholes, drainage clearing, vending in CBD, public safety, staff supervision, revenue leakages and corruption, housing delivery, water and sewerage reticulation, financial management, manage employment and overhead costs, expenses for the consumables, commercial property development and industrial sites as well as managing stakeholder perceptions.