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Writes Nhau Mangirazi
Karoi town council policymakers are calling for a holistic approach among stakeholders to foster social cohesion and development.
Finance committee chairperson, Muzondiwa Savanje, made the remarks last week during a livelihood and citizens forum aimed at unpacking issues affecting people’s rights.
The meeting was facilitated by Hurungwe Pastors Fraternity in partnership with Hurungwe Community Radio Initiative and Media Centre.
Savanje said the local authority’s core values are anchored on development and equality among all citizens.
‘‘We therefore implore civic organizations, churches, media, and all stakeholders to embrace our goals and foster development,’’ he said.
Savanje challenged residents to pay rates and rentals to enhance better service delivery.
‘‘We call on everyone to pay their rates and rentals on time so that the council can provide required service delivery.
‘‘Additionally, we aim to increase transparency and accountability by providing accessible information about local government activities and involving citizens in the decision-making process,’’ added Savanje.
However, some stakeholders raised concerns over food aid politicization.
Savanje said it was improper and uncalled for.
‘‘Some politicians may mislead citizens but as elected officials, we will work with government departments as mandated by the constitution, without a political jacket. Although our council is dominated by the opposition, we engage government officials professionally. Everyone who deserving of food aid will be assisted regardless of political affiliation.
‘‘As our council moves to the attainment of municipal status we shall make sure that Karoi is a safe home for everyone, where he /she feels that human rights are respected. The council thrives to improve the livelihoods of the people without fear and favor,’’ said Savanje.
Martha Kashongambabvu challenged the council to revisit monthly feedback meetings but Savanje responded saying it is in the pipeline.
‘‘Every ward will have its ward development committee by the end of April, working closely with the councilor on issues affecting each ward for residents input. This was long overdue,’’ he said.
Another resident, Julia Moffat complained about the vendors’ abuse at undesignated points but Savanje assured a common ground approach.
‘‘Vending is a source of livelihood for the majority of women and youth in Zimbabwe and other countries in Africa and abroad. Vendors are money sensitive so we will make efforts to accommodate them within the central business centre. We have to empower our communities,’’ he added.
Hurungwe Pastors Fraternity chairperson, Reverend Isaac Chamonyonga, pledged church support in fostering social cohesion and development through peace and openness.
Hurungwe Community Radio Initiative chairperson, Joel Zilala, weighed in saying they will report stories without bias.
Media Centre director, Ernest Mudzengi, emphasised that such meetings are vital for duty bearers to engage citizens on their rights.
“Duty bearers and citizens must work together. These forums remain crucial for social and economic development in every society, said Mudzengi.