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    Beitbridge Mayor elected vice president

    Beitbridge Mayor Morgan Ncube


    Beitbridge Municipality Mayor, Morgan Ncube has been voted the second vice president of the Urban Councils Association of Zimbabwe (UCAZ) at a workshop held at Holiday Inn in Mutare on December 6, this year.
    UCAZ is a voluntary association of 32 urban local authorities which represents the interests and needs of elected officials, town clerks, finance officers, public works directors and other municipal officers.
    Ncube confirmed the developments in an interview with The Mirror.
    The workshop was held to elect the UCAZ presidential committee which comprises of the president, two vice presidents and two subcommittees’ members, one representing towns and local boards and the chairperson of the women in local governance subcommittee.
    The presidential committee’ s roles are to make representations to Government on all matters of concern to urban local authorities, representing UCAZ at both national and international fora on civic matters and appointing representatives of UCAZ to other bodies.
    Gweru city Mayor Josiah Makombe was voted the president in the vote done through secret ballot after he was nominated together with Karoi Municipality Mayor Abel Matsika.
    Mutare mayor Blessing Tandi was elected vice president, Gibson Hwende, chairman for Chiredzi town council was elected committee member representing towns and local boards whilst Kwekwe mayor Angeline Kasipo was elected committee member representing the chairperson of the women in local governance subcommittee.
    Ncube was born in Beitbridge 37 years ago.
    He has certificates in leadership and local governance and is an entrepreneur who is multi -tasking. He does honey sucking services; he is a cross border transporter, a general trader and is soon intending to start small scale brick molding business.
    He said during his tenure in the association, he will ensure that vehicle licensing is controlled by councils and that Zinara allocation for road constructions are issued to local authorities.
    He added that the Procurement Act has some impediments that affects service delivery in that councils are required to get three quotations from within the country when for instance in Beitbridge, Musina will be the nearest area and cheaper.
    The next elections will be held in 2020 and the induction meeting of the association will be held between December 18 and 21, this year.
    He added that as the Mayor for Beitbridge Municipality, he will facilitate the establishment of a library in Beitbridge and recreational Centres to curb drug abuse.
    Ncube said the local authority will also improve the current sewer system and replace the small pipes with big ones. He added that they are also looking at building 4 000 low cost houses for residents who will pay on installments.
    “Our roads are in a bad state, we will tar major roads in the location, we want to go green and make sure every place gets water supply. We are looking forward to improve the face of Beitbridge with state of the art buildings, so we are calling for investors,” he said.
    “There are six councils whose water supply is run by ZINWA and Beitbridge is one of them. We want councils to be in charge of their water control and ZINWA is just there as a supplier for bulk water. Water is very expensive in Beitbridge, we want every resident to get clean water,” he said.


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