By Lloyd Takawira
In the spirit of creating conversation between residents and community leaders , Chitungwiza residents trust held a second community engagement meeting at Key College Unit K Seke.
Among the key topical issues that come out at the community engagement meeting was the 2022 budget which residents argue they were not properly consulted.
Chitungwiza Residents Trust (CHITREST) director Alice Diana Kuvheya quizzed ward 10 councillor Peter Matiringe the Finance committee chair.
“How did the budget find itself rubber-stamped on us. Can the councillor Peter C Matiringe explain to us.” charged Kuvheya.
In his response councillor Peter C Matiringe explained that because of Covid-19 council adopted a policy that it was going to call respective bodies such as businesses, residents associations and the church to consult their respective constituencies.
“Due to Covid-19, we made a resolution that we are going to call for respective constituencies such as resident organization leaders, the church and the business Community. We deliberated and come up with a budget plan.”
On the issue of Muda dam project Matiringe did not mince his words telling residents that the issue of Muda dam appears to be a myth as government seems unwilling to resolve the perennial water woes bedeviling Chitungwiza Municipality.
“From a personal point of view, the Muda dam project seems to be a myth. A feasibility study was done in 2015. I believe political will to do away our water challenges is not there. Since we come we are told cabinet is yet to deliberate on approving the project”.
Chitungwiza Municipality is one of the poorly run local authorities in the country. The council stands accused of presiding over the rot that has dogged the once promising domitory town.