Gweru residents last weekend, launched a manifesto, which outlines key service delivery issues that elected council officials should adhere to if they are to be voted into office.
BY Stephen Chadenga
The manifesto, the first of its kind by residents in the country, set performance benchmarks for both current and future councillors.
“Gweru residents resolved that as benchmarks for the elected leadership and future elected leadership (sic) positions they must heed that it is no to corruption by elected and appointed officials, no to prepaid water meters, no to commercialisation of public services, equal access to economic opportunities and free and fair local government and national elections,” part of the manifesto read.
The residents said that councillors were not taking their concerns seriously and instead were passing policies that negatively affect enhanced service delivery. They cited the estimated billing system, high property tax, failure to fully consult residents on service delivery issues as some of the failures by the current councillors.
Gweru Residents’ Forum (GRF) director, Charles Mazorodze confirmed the manifesto launch, saying it created a roadmap for an accountable and responsible officials.
“GRF last Saturday convened and launched a manifesto which was attended by a multitude of residents, who were chatting the future of the elected leadership within their communities,” he said.
“During the meeting, it was underscored that the generality of the incumbent leadership is failing to discharge its mandate.”
Mayor, Charles Chikozho, however, said council was committed to providing quality service and was also open to constructive criticism.