Gweru City Council and Vungu Rural District Council (RDC) last week signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) as part of efforts by the two local authorities to help each other improve services delivery in the Woodlands area.
Addressing residents at a constituency indaba in Gweru last week, Ward 11 Councillor Albert Chirau said the problem in Woodlands was caused by a political based development which saw a land developer constructing houses in the dumpsite zone.
“The woodlands issue is a result of a political based development and it was during the first republic’s led by former president Robert Mugabe in which a mention of his name would give many people free reign to do as they pleased.
“When Woodlands was built, much of its sewer system was installed in a substandard manner. On the other side, corrupt deals were at hand as council officials who were in office by then went on and approved the plans of the housing schemes. The sewer system was approved because someone was benefitting from behind,” said Chirau.
Chirau said the signing of the memorandum was meant to map out lasting solutions on the welfare of residents.
“Two weeks ago the two councils met and signed a MoA as a way to address the woodlands situation. As you know Vungu was saying Woodlands belongs to GCC as rates were being paid for at Gweru council on the other hand GCC ruled that woodlands was under Vungu.
Our main focus is on refuse collection and provision of water. Those two issues must be solved without taking sides because people are in dire need of these services,” said Chirau.
Gweru Deputy Mayor, Cleopas Shiri said it was the council‘s mandate to provide water and refuse service to its residents.
“If people are being charged for a service they must get it and water must be made available at all costs. The issue of a dumpsite in Woodlands is another topical issue which made use to engage the Ministry of Local Government and the Minister of State for Midlands Provincial Affairs Larry Mavhima to help us a find land to relocate the site. It’s our prayer by next year we got it,” said Shiri.
Vungu Ward 16 Councillor, Parirenyatwa Nyika said the local authority was incapacitated and could therefore not provide water and refuse services to Woodlands residents.