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Mutare residents hope for new crop of councillors

MUTARE city is hoping for a new crop of councillors and mayor who will improve service delivery, following yesterday’s watershed harmonised elections.

BY KENNETH NYANGANI

Former Mayor Tatenda Nhamarare was defeated in MDC Alliance’s primary elections.

In an interview with NewsDay yesterday, the United Mutare Residents Ratepayers Trust programmes director Edson Dube said they were expecting a lot from the incoming councillors.

“Our main worry in Mutare is that service delivery is still lagging, so we are expecting the elected councilors to solve the matter.

“There was also an issue of corruption by our councillors. I know some of them might retain their office but we need them to change their ways,” Dube said.

“There is also the issue of double allocation of land by some senior management and councillors, these are the issues we need our leaders to solve because there is going to be trouble.”

Mutare City Council has always been at the centre of controversy and almost three years ago former town clerk Obert Muzawazi resigned from his post after a stunning audit report that unearthed massive corruption at the local authority.

Muzawazi and some senior managers were accused of spending hundreds of dollars on their children’s school fees, while workers had gone for almost 18 months without salaries.

Source :

Newsday

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