City of Harare appeals for partners in refuse collection and beautification drive

Acting Harare Mayor, Councillor Musarurwa S. Mutizwa. Image courtesy of Forward Gurira

HARARE City is appealing to the corporate world to chip in with resources as they seek to augment the ZWL$438 million that has already been extended to them by Government meant to recapitalise waste management equipment.

Addressing the media in Harare on Monday, Acting City Mayor, Councillor Musarurwa Mutizwa bemoaned defauting ratepayers as another major hindrance crippling the City in its quest to extend quality service delivery to residents.

“Government has already come on board and provided us with ZWL$438 million towards recapitalistaion of waste management equipment.

“… all customers need to play their part – with residents and corporates paying their bills.

“Failure to pay over the years has gotten us to where we are today. Council is owed over ZWL$7,8 billion which if paid today, would go a long way in addressing the sticking service delivery areas,” he said.

As such, Councillor Mutizwa said the City is appealing to all those who either have the means of providing the required spares or can actually fix the equipment to come forward and assist.

The fleet that needs attention include compactors, tipper trucks, front end loaders and tractors, a developmemt that has made the City to operate at 20 percent capacity of its garbage collection fleet.

Cllr Mutizwa however, assured residents that they were working tirelessly to ensure that that they increase fleet availability to 75 percent within the next month.

Linked to an efficient and effective garbage collection system, the Acting mayor also alluded to the City’s beautification programme whose thrust is on the need for property owners to take responsibility for ensuring their properties are well taken care of.

“Individuals and corporates have a big role to play starting with the frontage of our properties or businesses.

“Our by-laws give authority to owners of buildings to maintain their frontage by also ensuring there are garbage receptacles, greening the fromtage and installing adequate lighting,” he added.

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