EMA partners Mutare city to tackle waste management

By Donald Nyarota  THE Environmental Management Agency (EMA) has partnered Mutare City Council to come up with a sustainable solution to solid waste management challenges after it condemned the city’s dumpsite.  EMA condemned the local authority’s dumpsite in Darlington and penalized Mutare City Council for continuing to use it. At the time of writing of […]

Solar systems for Bulawayo cemeteries

By Pamenus Tuso THE Bulawayo City Council has approved the setting up of solar farms at the city’s cemeteries as part of the local authority’s renewable energy projects. The local authority in 2020,  engaged the Infrastructure Development Bank (IDB) to carry out feasibility studies on clean energy projects in the city. Speaking during the city’s […]

Service delivery: do councils have autonomy?

By Thomas Madhuku FOLLOWING years of poor service delivery in most urban centres, a debate has ensued over elected councillors’ capabilities to run municipalities without the support and cooperation of central government. This debate was also ignited by remarks made by Harare Mayor Councillor Jacob Mafume, who claimed that the current set-up made him a […]

Harare residents concerned with rates hike

By Thomas Madhuku Residents associations dismissed the City of Harare’s proposed 2021 budget which they said is a departure from its duty to provide services to residents to running a commercial entity only concerned with profits. City of Harare’s proposed ZW$32,7 billion (US$400 million) financial plan for 2021, saw water consumption charges for five cubic […]

Residents associations should fight for quality services

By Fortunate Muzarabani RESIDENTS’ associations should not be swayed by cheap politics but continue to fight for their communities’ rights to access quality public services. This was said during a regional summit for residents associations late last year in Bulawayo. Addressing delegates at the summit, a governance consultant, Zibusiso Masiye, called on residents to find […]

Housing demolitions not the answer

By Wallace Mawire A local watchdog group, the Harare Residents’ Trust (HRT) says demolition of houses is not the solution to dealing with illegal land sales. The trust said a humanitarian crisis was developing, which required a purely humane response.  It is reported that on December 3, 2019,  the City of Harare, accompanied by the […]

Karoi’s suspected typhoid cases          

By Nhau Mangirazi Suspected typhoid cases hit the farming town of Karoi in Mashonaland West province towards the end of last year during which several residents with symptoms of the bacterial infection were hospitalised. Residents from Ward 4 within North Infill area in Chikangwe high-density suburb, where spilling raw sewage is normal, was the worst […]

Speed up devolution – urges NGOs

By NyaradzoNyere VARIOUS non-governmental organisations have urged the government to expedite the implementation of devolution, which empowers provincial councils and local authorities to spearhead economic and social development projects in their areas by leveraging on local resources.  Devolution was adopted as a key component of the 2013 Constitution of Zimbabwe which, in Chapter 14, states […]

Utilise developmental structures, communities urged

By Tamuka Charakupa PEOPLE in rural areas must take full advantage of existing community development structures and use them as vehicles to participate in the planning and implementation of priority projects in their areas. Chipinge Rural District Council chief executive officer, Blessing Mamvosha, said most rural communities do not attend development meetings and as a […]