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    Gutu residents object to Gokwe Town by-laws




    WALTER MAFEKING

    GUTU -
    The Gutu United Residents and Ratepayers Association (GURRA) has written to its rural district council chief executive officer, Alex Mutembwa protesting against the proposed adoption of new traffic regulations for the newly designated town.
    The new regulations that could see residents paying anything up to a $100 for a traffic offence will be adopted from the Gokwe Town Council Road Traffic and Other Offences By-Laws also referred to as Statutory Instrument 65 of 2011.
    GURRA director, Lloyd Mupfudze says in the letter to the CEO that Gutu Rural District Council flouted procedure by going ahead and seeking the adoption of the regulations without going to the residents for their opinion.
    Gutu RDC recently placed a notice in the media and gave residents up to August 13, 2016 to inspect and make their objections if they have any such.
    However, Mupfudze says in the letter that the procedure used contravenes Section 264(a) (b) of the objectives.
    "The objectives of the devolution of the Government powers and responsibilities to provincial and metropolitan councils and local authorities are; (a) to give powers of local governance to the people and enhance their participation in the exercise of the powers of the State and in making decisions affecting them..." reads part of the constitution.
    Mupfudze condemned the move to adopt the Gokwe Town by-laws in that the council discussed the matter behind closed doors without sitting down with the residents and giving them opportunity to air their views concerning the matter.
    The letter also highlights that there are no designated and enough parking spaces in the town.
     One resident who spoke on condition of anonymity said while there was need for order in the town and other places on the roads in the district, the fines were too high and unaffordable considering the economic woes in the country and the fact that this is a rural area where income is very low.
    "The fines are too high considering the economic situation in the country, how can we afford such amounts of money here in Gutu?" asked the resident.
    Motorists will pay $35 fines if cars are wrongly parked, $65 if they are clamped and $10 on a daily basis for storage, according to the published notice.
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