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    Chikomba RDC accused of underdeveloping Sadza

    A derelict Council library at Sdaza.


    SADZA – Residents of Sadza Growth Point in Chikomba are up in arms against their Rural District Council which they accuse of raising a lot of money through taxes, shop licences and sale of stands but are ploughing back nothing to develop the second biggest business centre in the district.
    Sadza is the biggest growth point in Chikomba with a population of 3000 but the district council's administrative offices are located in Chivhu which is the biggest commercial settlement in Chikomba District. The Council has a sub-office at Sadza manned by three people. 
    Sadza is 85km East of Chivhu and 42km West of Wedza.
    Residents who spoke to The Mirror during a recent trip said there was no development to show for taxes collected from Sadza. They said roads were in bad shape, garbage is not collected, residential stands allocation is in shambles and a library constructed by council has been closed for many years now.
    Chikomba RDC Chief Executive Officer (CEO) confirmed problems in the allocation of stands because of a scam in which officials are accused of fraud. He said the matter was at the courts and he assured residents that smooth allocation would resume once the court case is concluded.
    He also confirmed that a council library at Chikomba has since been closed because schools abused it with many books vandalised or stolen. He said there was no good reading culture among the schools and the books were withdrawn.
    "There were some fake receipts that were issued when stands were sold in 2015 and the courts must conclude the matter so that there is justice for the seller (council) and buyers (residents).
    "Council has never neglected Sadza but we are trying our best to develop it. The allocation process of stands at Sadza is open and transparent. All those who need stands but do not have enough money are allowed to pay in instalments. We have many stands that we are selling and people are free to approach our offices. All those who were given fake receipts for their stands should wait until we verify whether the receipts are from our offices or not," said Mutara.
    Simelelukufa Moyo, a resident complained that the roads at Sadza particularly in the residential areas are almost impassable and the situation will get worse with the onset of the rains. 
    "The roads in the old and new locations need serious attention. Chikomba RDC's sub-office here must be blamed for this situation because it must raise our problems with head office in Chivhu," said Moyo.
    Moyo alleged that she applied for a shop stand in 2008 and she paid the total cost of $49 billion. She however, was later asked to pay a further US$400 even though she did not have an outstanding balance.
    "I want a refund of the US$400 from council because I did not have any balance. I am actually pursuing this matter," said Moyo.
    Rosenah Jakata told The Mirror that she and many others paid for their stands in 2015 but up to now they have not got their allocations. She said that she paid US$1 200 on the understanding that the stand would be allocated on payment of that deposit.
    "I am really disappointed with the council's operations; they take Sadza as a cash cow which they only milk without looking after it. It is this kind of attitude that keeps the Growth Point down and it will never develop," said Jakata.
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