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    Residents slam Zvishavane City Council Award


    ZVISHAVANE – Zvishavane Residents and Ratepayers Association (ZRRA) secretary general, John Mugabe has accused their local authority of buying a Megafest Award in which the council was adjudged the best-run in the Midlands Province.
    Zvishavane Town Council recently received the Megafest Award for Best Midlands Local Authority at a function held at the Village Lodge in Gweru on September 29. Mugabe said the Award was not only a scandal but a mockery of residents since Zvishavane has poor service delivery with its officers appearing in court on various charges including fraud and corruption.
    Shurugwi Town Council came second in the competition.
    Mugabe said that water supply in the town is erratic, roads are in a deplorable state, garbage is not collected, there are frequent sewer bursts and the whole small mining town is dilapidated and in a deplorable state.
    Zvishavane town secretary, Tinoda Mukutu however, said there was nothing scandalous about the award because Megafest was a professional institution. He accused Mugabe of fighting personal wars and added that the City Fathers were doing a lot of good work, reviving water works, building new sewer ponds, constructing roads, installing street lights and developing housing stands.
    Efforts to get a comment from Megafest chief executive officer Tafadzwa Matsika were fruitless as he was said to be out of office until Monday next week and the lady at the reception refused to provide his mobile number.
    Mugabe said that cases of fraud and corruption have also afflicted the council in the courts and Mukutu was recently on suspension over various allegations while the town chairman Esau Dube has appealed against his dismissal by the Minister of Local Government, Rural Development and National Housing, Saviour Kasukuwere at the higher courts.
    Mugabe said it was a mockery for the local authority to accept an award that says the opposite of what is on the ground. He also said that there is a big scandal at the local authority after records on Mandava residential stands disappeared.
    "ZTC has bought this award. This is contrary to what residents see and know to be on the ground. There is poor water supply, sewerage bursts and garbage is not collected. The state of Zvishavane is deplorable, run down and dilapidated. Things are falling apart," ZRRA said.
    Megafest Holdings prides itself on assisting corporate organizations in exploring opportunities, launching new ventures, providing productive business trainings, solutions and recognizing good businesses acumen and awarding those that excel. 
    "It does not need a rocket scientist to see development initiatives in this town. We have been transforming dust roads into tarred roads starting with the Light Industrial Section and as we get more funds, we will do the same in residential areas. We are reviving water and sewer works and developing residential stands. The attack on the award is a reflection of certain hidden agendas by those who want to portray themselves as residents' representatives," said Mukutu.
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