Newly-elected Zvimba Council chairperson urges unity in service delivery


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Murombedzi – The newly-elected Zvimba Rural District Council Chairperson, Councillor Spencer Magaya, has urged councillors and council staff to unite in pursuit of improved service delivery in the local authority.

Magaya was recently elected the council chairperson after polling 38 votes against Chrispen Saidi who got eight votes.

“We should be united and ensure that we work together in improving service delivery for our council so that the revenue we get from our residents is put to good use in pursuit of satisfying service delivery in our local authority,” he said during his acceptance speech.

Magaya said the council should ensure that the local authority is not left out in the development trajectory being encouraged by President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

“As councillors who have been entrusted by residents who voted for us, we are going to ensure that we work as a team in ensuring, just like our President Mnangagwa encourages, that the community is developed by its own people. No person or place should be left out in attaining Vision 2030.

Presiding over the first full council meeting, Zvimba District Development Coordinator, Joseph Manyurapasi, urged the new council leadership to ensure that they come up with effective by-laws that will help propel the council to fulfill its obligations for quality service delivery to the residents.

“As the people have entrusted you with the duty to lead service delivery in the council, ensure that you accelerate the crafting of by-laws that ensure improved revenue collection that will aid in ensuring that residents get quality service delivery in line with President Mnangagwa’s call for shunning corruption. Let me take this opportunity to warn anyone who will be found engaging in corrupt activities that the law will take its course,” he said.

Meanwhile, the election of the council chairperson was full of drama after one of the contestants, Saidi had to scale up a perimeter fence after being blocked entrance into the council premises following his refusal to follow the ZANU PF party’s directive to withdraw from the chairperson race which he eventually lost to another ZANU PF councillor.