Town Clerk Adolf Gusha
…Cllr Vhembo under fire for incompetence
Masvingo Ward 10 Cllr Sengerai Manyanga has criticised council management for lacking the competence required to see to it that critical projects are executed and completed in time.
Manyanga made the accusations in a recent full-council meeting while making a contribution on the long-delayed relocation of the city’s dumpsite from the middle of Runyararo West and Victoria Ranch to a more suitable place.
Manyanga said when the Public Works Committee visited the Ministry of Local Government offices in Harare to have the relocation approved to a piece of land that has already been identified, an official there made it clear that Masvingo was not serious.
“We were told point-blank that Masvingo was not at all serious. The official said other councils like Chiredzi were always on the phone trying to have their work done but no phone call from Masvingo. We were told that had Masvingo been persistent enough, the work would have long been completed. Now we are still at the same place saying we are waiting for all the paperwork to be done, yet we clearly are not serious about it,” said Manyanga.
Mayor Collen Maboke had earlier revealed that the Minister of State for Masvingo Provincial Affairs Ezra Chadzamira helped the city obtain the piece of land.
Other councillors said it must no longer be about a new dumpsite but a proper landfill where waste is disposed of and managed in a modern manner and in line with international best practice.
The long-stalled Mucheke Trunk Sewer project was also zoomed into focus, with city engineer Tawanda Gozo saying work could not continue without additional funding.
Ward 3 councillor and Public Works Committee chairperson Tarusenga Vhembo was heavily criticised for alleged ineptitude which has seen most of the projects being overseen by his committee failing to meet deadlines.
The projects include the Rujeko footbridge which has not registered any progress since last year.
When Vhembo was asked why he kept giving new dates as to the completion of the footbridge project, he answered that the project will finally be completed ‘soon’.
This prompted a retort from Maboke who demanded a clear date, with a befuddled Vhembo promising that all work would be done ‘in three weeks’.