The Borrowdale Ratepayers and Residents Association (BRRA) has congratulated Ward 18 Councillor Ian Makone and Ward 41 Councillor Kudzai Kadzombe on their election as mayor of Harare and deputy mayor respectively saying the new leadership at Town House presents an opportunity for a fresh start.
Peter Tanyanyiwa Suburban Reporter
The residents’ body says Cllr Makone’s election to the position of mayor is a milestone for Ward 18.
The BRRA sees this development as a window of opportunity for Ward 18 communities and neighbourhoods to thrive.
BRRA chairperson Mr Robert Mutyasira said that as much as they appreciate that the Mayor of Harare has oversight over the entire city and should render equal attention to all areas under his purview, they are excited that their proximity to the pinnacle of local authority decision making structure will yield better outcomes and foster development as well as expedited responses to the needs and challenges of Ward 18 residents.
“On behalf of the Borrowdale Residents and Ratepayers Association, I would want to offer our hearty congratulations to Ward 18 Councillor Ian Makone and Ward 41 Councillor Kudzai Kadzombe.
“This is a milestone for Ward 18 and we are hopeful it will translate into tangible transformations for our ward. We pledge our unequivocal support to the mayor’s vision of restoring the glamour of the entire city and hope his tenure will leave an indelible legacy of good governance, best practices and impact on livelihoods,” said Mr Mutyasira.
The BRRA leader said that the residents of Ward 18 hope that the coming in of the new mayor in Harare will bring change and decimate corruption, incompetence and retrogressive attitudes that had become characteristic of the local authority.
The BRRA also pleaded with the mayor and other politicians to disembark from the election mode and focus on the bigger task of securing efficient service delivery.
“Councillor Makone comes with a wealth of corporate experience and it is our hope that he will acquit himself exceptionally well during his tenure. He comes with a clean broom that should be directed at decimating corruption, incompetence and retrogressive attitudes that had become characteristic of the institution he is now at the helm of.
“Councillor Makone is serving his second term in council and he is not new to the procedures. Our greatest appeal is for central Government and the local authority to bury past differences and find common ground towards the total overhaul of a collapsed city. Residents need unprecedented levels of compassion devoid of political egos and affiliations. All we need is to see the city back on its feet and providing the services it should to its residents. Our residents’ committee has pledged unequivocal support to the mayor’s efforts and strategies that are people centred. It is known that we often go an extra mile to assist the city in meeting its obligations to residents and we expect the new mayor to ride on this goodwill,” said Mr Mutyasira.