VAINONA residents are complaining about being continually left out when City of Harare refuse trucks collect garbage from suburbs in Ward 17.
Pomona, which is part of Ward 17, has reportedly gone for six months without a council refuse collection truck seen in the suburb.
Ward 17 is made up of Mt Pleasant, Groombridge, Northwood, Vainona, Pomona, Mt Pleasant Heights and Borrowdale West.
On Sunday this week, Mt Pleasant district officer Mrs Marian Mverechena alerted residents that the City of Harare would be collecting garbage in Ward 17 on Monday this week June 20, 2022.
In response, Vainona residents complained that the announcements by City of Harare officials on the refuse collection schedules were becoming meaningless for some parts of Ward 17 because they never get to also enjoy the service despite paying their rates every month.
Some Vainona residents said their suburb was a forgotten area and there was need for the suburb to be allocated its own ward for service delivery to be also focused on the area.
The residents said as it was Mt Pleasant was enjoying much of the services for Ward 17 including rehabilitation of roads and garbage collection even though some Mt Pleasant residents were complaining that garbage was not being collected from their properties.
Vainona residents also lamented the fact that a lot of illegal activities were going on unchecked by council in the suburb leading to the deterioration of the value of their properties. Former Harare Mayor and Ward 17 Councillor Mr Bernard Manyenyeni then indicated that six new City of Harare refuse trucks were spotted on Sunday June 19, 2022 in Hatcliffe collecting refuse from the suburb.
This prompted more comments from Ward 17 residents who said they would presume that all the residents of Hatcliffe were paid up to be enjoying such a service of having six brand new refuse trucks deployed in their area at one go to collect garbage. Mr Manyenyeni said the residents were raising a key question needing answers from the responsible authorities.
When the garbage collection truck eventually came on Monday to Ward 17 some Mt Pleasant residents complained that they had been left out and Mrs Mverechena promised the truck would be back on Wednesday to pick from the areas left out.