Harare dirty city tag must go – Muguti

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Harare (New Ziana) – Harare must not continue to be known as a dirty city, permanent secretary for Provincial Affairs and Devolution for Harare Metropolitan Province, Tafadzwa Muguti said on Thursday.

Mugutu was speaking at an event where Harare City Council directors were signing performance contracts in fulfilment of the government performance management system launched by President Emmerson Mnangagwa in 2020.

In February this year, Town Clerks, Town Secretaries and Chief Executive Officers of State-owned enterprises and parastatals signed their performance contracts.

Muguti said performance contracts must push council managers to deliver services to ratepayers.

“Gone are the days when we used to develop blueprints, shelve them and forget about them. We do not want to continue trending as a dirty city. Town Clerk the situation is Mbare must be urgently addressed. We cannot allow a situation where our residents are exposed to diseases caused by poor sanitation and management seems unmoved,” he said.

Muguti warned that heads will roll if the council fails to deliver services to ratepayers.

“Last year Harare scored poor on ERRP2 yet the resources were available. I expect good performance this year and if this is not achieved heads must roll,” he said.

In 2021, the council rehabilitated only 15km of its road network, despite getting funding from the Zimbabwe National Roads Authority.

Acting Mayor Councillor Stewart Mutizwa said the contracts enhance the council’s ability to track its performance.

“It helps us to ensure that we are focused on our key priorities that is delivering water to the residents of Harare, collecting waste from the households, rehabilitating and constructing roads, providing modern housing and social amenities, providing primary health care, ensuring citizen safety, managing our environment and putting in place measures to mitigate against the adverse effects of climate change.

“This is the new trajectory we are taking as a City and we certainly hope that this will propel us into the world class city status mode,” he said.

Speaking at the same occasion, acting Town Clerk, Engineer Phakamile Moyo admitted that measuring performance has never been a part of the councils ‘menu’.

“I am fully aware that issues of performance are not the characteristics of us and has never been part of our menu, but me assure you that, this administration is ready to transform and embrace the new performance culture,” he said.

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