Speaking at the end of the year Meet the Mayor public meeting on Wednesday evening, Harare Mayor, Bernard Manyenyeni, said a world class city by 2025 will not be attainable in a “bond note” economy.
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The world class city must be a complete composite arrangement including a world class government. You must ask yourself and answer the question: can a government led by President Robert Mugabe be termed or described as a world class government? And if you can have an answer, it is part of the answer to whether Harare can be a world class city. You need to ask that same question at ministerial level: is the minister of local government a world class minister? Can he survive and operate the way he does in a world class city elsewhere? You need also to ask: is the Mayor we have in Harare a world class Mayor? Can he survive in Cape Town, or in Lusaka? You need to be saying we need the rightful leadership to have a world class city. If we have a bond Mayor we won’t be able to reach a world class target.
The mayor’s comments come after the introduction of bond notes into the market on Monday.