An event officiated by Masvingo Minister for Provincial Affairs, Ezra Chadzamira was poorly attended in Chiredzi town after the local authority failed to mobilise residents.
Chadzamira was leading a delegation of government officials and senior civil servants to commission West Road, a 2,4-kilometre road constructed at a cost of ZWL$510 000.
United Residents and Ratepayers Association (UCHIRRA) member, Constance Chukumbo highlighted the council’s failure to mobilise the residents. She said:
It seems the central and local governments are always standing aloof and keep them (residents) at arm‘s length when it comes to their programmes; that is why residents treat these events indifferently.
This culture of giving residents a wide berth should be stopped forthwith and introduce a sense of ownership.
The same scenario was experienced during the national clean-up that was held early this month at Banana market.
The vendors went about their business while the minister and several other officials swept the area around the stall.
Meanwhile, Chiredzi Town Council chairperson, Gibson Hwende said the event was arranged post haste and did not have time to inform town dwellers. Said Hwende;
Yes, I agree that the residents did not attend the event. It was due to the fact that not enough information was shared because we got the confirmation of the coming of the guest of honour a bit late, making it difficult to adequately inform the residents.
We got numerous calls from the residents asking why the information was not relayed to them.