The MDC — led Kwekwe City Council last Friday scooped three awards for its outstanding performance in delivering real change and bringing back the sunshine town status to the residents and the business community.
The awards presented on Friday, were announced last month at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair held in Bulawayo.
The awards were handed over to Mayor Shadreck Tobaiwa for the overall best performing in corporate governance, road and infrastructure and water supply.
In an interview soon after receiving the awards Kwekwe Mayor, Tobaiwa said the Kwekwe City Council had become the best council in Zimbabwe in terms of better service delivery and in retaining its Golden Sunshine status. "When we got into office in 2008, our major task was to ensure that we had safe quality water and water is supplied to the residents, businesses and industrials everyday, we have safe roads which are well marked and refuse is collected in all areas every week," Mayor Tobaiwa said.
He said Kwekwe City Council was spending over US$300 000 per month on water treatment chemicals which are being imported from South Africa. "In 2008 when we moved into office to date, the town has no records of cholera outbreak cases, unlike other cities which claimed over hundreds of people," he said.
The council has managed to maintain safe roads while overflowing sewage and refuse collection are now a thing of the past in Kwekwe. The mayor saluted the councillors and the employees for their courage and bravery in the face of abuse of office by dirty political tactics from Zanu PF officials.
"The council has zero tolerance to corruption as was shown when it expelled the former treasurer Albert Zingwe who was abusing the rate-payers funds. The city's operations were also being hampered by Zanu PF's Ignatius Chombo who was protecting Zingwe and interfering unnecessarily in the council operations of the council," said Mayor Tobaiwa.
He said despite numerous challenges, the council had made major strides in clearing a backlog of over 1000 people who were on waiting list. The council is allocating stands in Mbizo 22, 21, and 19 Extension specifically for civil servants and low income earners.