Harare Mayor meets VP Chiwenga, Ministers over state of the city

24 May, 2024 - 00:05 0 Views
Harare Mayor meets VP Chiwenga, Ministers over state of the city Vice President Constantino Chiwenga

Suburban

Diana Nherera Suburban Reporter

Harare Mayor Jacob Mafume recently met Vice President Constantino Chiwenga and a number of Cabinet Ministers to discuss the state of the city in terms of service delivery.

The discussions touched on issues to do with roads, traffic lights, buildings and other service delivery matters.

Briefing a full council meeting held last week, Councillor Mafume said the Vice President and the Ministers are taking issues of cleanliness and roads seriously ahead of the SADC Summit that Zimbabwe will host in August.

“And we are also very serious about it, I do assert.

“And we want traffic lights to be working. We want the roads to be better and our buildings to be spruced up.

“They did promise when we mentioned that we needed a new asphalt plant and a new crusher plant.

“The Vice President promised to take that issue to Cabinet and indeed a visit was done by the Permanent Secretary of Transport outside that meeting so that we can retool our quarry, get new tar making equipment and get an asphalt plant.

“We need that because we cannot contract on a continuous basis the maintenance of Harare roads.

“And they promised to assist us in relation to the buildings, roads and the purchasing of that equipment and that is why a team was sent so that we can purchase the equipment to retool our quarry,” he said.

Cllr Mafume also spoke about the changes in the administration of laws between Government Ministries.

“There is the Maintenance of Harare Municipality Building Act, which I’m seeing in the (Government) Gazette has been moved to the Ministry of Housing from the Ministry of Local Government. We should have a collection of all the laws and I have said this before, let’s have a collection of all the hygiene laws and all the laws that we are using to deal with the maintenance of Harare buildings. And let’s have a tripartite enforcement and give some powers to City Parking, the cleaners and everyone that we have on the streets so that this thing can be enforced vigorously,” he said.

Councillor Jacob Mafume

Cllr Mafume said he met Chemplex Corporation executives in March on the supply and payment for water purification chemicals.

“Chemplex is one of our major suppliers of liquid aluminum sulphate.

“Liquid aluminium sulphate is a key chemical in water production, costs us a lot of money. It is produced by Chemplex. Chemplex produces this chemical and mixes it.

“It is made up of liquid lime bauxite and sulphuric acid.

“So the problem is it imports all these components.

“They import bauxite from Mozambique, lime from Zambia and sulphuric acid from South Africa.

“Therefore they require foreign currency from us or timeous payments for them to be able to get foreign currency from the Reserve Bank.

“So we had fallen behind with our payments.

“We were owing almost US$2 million and we came up with a programme to reduce that debt,” he said.

Cllr Mafume said the City of Harare was the biggest customer of Chemplex but the municipality was failing to meet its obligations.

“They were failing to import these other chemicals.

‘‘We are their biggest customer giving them 80 percent demand and I do hope we get a report from the EMC (environmental management committee) and the finance committee to say whether we are able or we have been able to come up with a payment plan.

“I do understand that we are now having a challenge with chlorine gas. We are not getting enough cylinders for us to be able to supply the required quantities per day. And I do hope that that issue was touched on in the environmental report,” he said.

Cllr Mafume said residents were complaining about the unreliable water supplies.

“And I’m made to understand by the acting director of water that we are having challenges with payments towards chlorine gas and we are getting less cylinders for us to be able to deal with that.

“So I hope that has been touched on and a payment method has been brought,” he said.

Cllr Mafume said he, together with other council officials, met the Environmental Management Agency (EMA) board chairperson and EMA executives the previous week to discuss a way forward on waste management.

“The meeting sought to chart a way forward with EMA and the City of Harare.

“We promised EMA that we will have a roadmap towards waste management in Harare both liquid and solid.

“We promised that we will give them a roadmap on waste management and come up with a way of funding waste management and implementing waste management that will leave the city clean.

“And we had promised them that we will do something on Monday and I hope that that thing will be presented to the relevant committee,” he said.

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