Gweru City Council (GCC) and Vungu Rural District Council (VRDC) have moved a step towards a stronger partnership by signing a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) which will see sitting of joint committees to manage intertwined interests and challenges.
Speaking at the ceremony, Gweru District Development Coordinator (DDC) Jorum Chimedza said the two authorities ought to work closely together for the mutual benefit of their residents.
“Many of you who are here; you are chosen by people to represent residents on matters of governance. Today is a day necessitated by certain sections of both the Urban Councils Act and Rural Councils Act. We recall that some time towards the end of 2017, the issue of dysfunctional settlements affected us, and those needed clear administrative structures to run.
“In 2018, we were directed by the Minister of Local Government that these two local authorities should come together to form joint committees regarding issues of boundaries that often needed government to decide,” said Gumbo.
He also said it was good that the two local authorities had found each other; with residents now able to report issues regarding their roads, water and sewerages to either of the two sides.
City of Gweru Mayor Josiah Makombe said the signing ceremony was going to strengthen operations between the two authorities.
“As a team, we managed to convince each other to sit down together with our counterpart Vungu Rural District Council (VRDC) so that we come up with a joint committee. The journey was long as we all know any two parties that come up with an agreement are bound to encounter some disagreements along the way.
“I am therefore happy today that we have this agreement. We thank the DDC for witnessing our coming together. Beginning now, we will walk together as sister institutions, making sure that we provide quality services to our people,” added Makombe
Vungu Rural District Council CEO, Morgan Zimvu said the signing ceremony was for the betterment of service delivery for residents.
“This is not only good for us as authorities. Rather, it it is also good for residents living in the urban and rural areas we should respect this day because it marks the end of all our problems as we now operate as a team,” said Zimvu.