MOTORISTS and residents in Harare have called on the city council to improve the state of the roads, which they claim are now death traps.
Roads are virtually in a sorry state of affairs in all Harare’s suburbs, with sewage flooding some areas in Mbare, Budiriro and Glen View.
National chairperson of the Zimbabwe National Organisation of Associations and Residents Trusts ZNOART, Shalva Chikomba, appealed to the Government to appoint a commission to manage the affairs of the capital city, saying the council has failed residents through poor services over the years.
“The Harare City Council has failed for years to provide services to residents for years and we now believe that there should be a commission to run the affairs of this city,” said Chikomba.
Harare mayor, Jacob Mafume, acknowledged the situation and said a meeting with the Ministry of Local Government and Public Works, and ZINARA was planned to develop a plan on how best to shape the rehabilitation of roads in Harare.
“We have scheduled a meeting with the Ministry of Local Government and Public Works and ZINARA so that we come up with a plan and model on how best we can repair roads in Harare,” Mafume.
Meanwhile, Harare town clerk, Hosiah Chisango, announced that there will be emergency works to improve water and sanitation services in the Cranborne area up to February 20.
“The City of Harare wishes to inform residents of Cranborne and surrounding areas that we are conducting a programme to improve water and sanitation services in the area.
“To allow works to flow smoothly, the communities within the vicinity should clear all moveable obstacles along Dieppe, Lovemore and Chiremba Roads.
“Cooperation with municipal workers on site will help with easy execution of the project within the specified period.
“Signage and barricades will be provided for the safety of stakeholders and heavy machinery will be in use and we urge residents to avoid the area during the period,” said Chisango.