Harare’s refuse woes: acting mayor bares all

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Keith T Mambo
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Keith T. Mambo is currently a reporter for ZiMetro News . He focuses on identity politics for The Southern Eye. He was previously a fellow at the UCT University of Cape Town for Political Science.

Harare’s refuse woes: acting mayor bares all

ONLY eight out of 61 refuse collection trucks in the capital are functional.

This has resulted in most suburbs and premises going for a long time without refuse being collected.

This was revealed by the Acting Mayor of Harare, Councillor Enock Mupamaonde.

Councillors, Heads of Department and residents’ representatives toured the City of Harare mechanical workshop.

Garbage piling has characterised most suburbs of Harare, resulting in an increase in illegal dumpsites.

“More than 50 refuse collection trucks are non-functional due to various mechanical problems, both minor and major, thus depriving ratepayers,” said Clr Mupamaonde.

“Four front-end loaders, 24 by 15 cubic Tipper trucks, two dozers among others are required to make it happen,” said the Acting Mayor.

He said 100 000 litres of fuel, 2 Skid steer loaders and 30 refuse collection trucks should be available to clear these dumpsites.

He, however, assured residents and stakeholders that illegal dumpsites will be removed to prioritise the good health of citizens.

In another matter, the Acting Mayor Mupamaonde also said Council had a fixed ZITF budget, which had allocated US$136 000 for 60 delegates.

He said the budget was cut to accommodate only six delegates to direct funds towards the improvement of service delivery.

Clr Mupamaonde assured residents that more refuse trucks will be purchased for each ward.

“There will be reintroduction of the 25 percent ward retention to facilitate a quick response to local service delivery emergencies,” said Clr Mupamaonde.

He called upon stakeholders, the business community, churches, and fuel suppliers, among others, for assistance, in any form.

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