22 February 2019

Zimbabwe: Social Contract Reviewed

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Residents in Plumtree Town's Ward 1 conducted a community review meeting today, to ascertain the progress made on social service delivery issues since the local councilor Bigboy Magalane was voted into office.

The meeting, facilitated by Women's Institute for Leadership Development (WILD), was held at the Plumtree Catholic Church and was attended by at least 50 residents.

Some women testified that the councilor is showing interest in assisting the elderly and those living with disabilities. They also applauded the improvement in refuse collection.

However, residents noted that sewer reticulation in Madubezi - a suburb in ward 1 - is in a dire state while water has become unsafe for drinking as it is "always unclean."

"Water samples have been taken for testing in order to identify what is causing this contamination," said Councilor Magalane.

Women said there is no adequate medication at local clinics and shortage of pain-relieving medication leaves ailing patients, hopeless!

Women also recommended a Ward impound in order to control the cattle that graze in people's gardens. Residents also requested for recreational grounds citing that children often play at dangerous areas near the dam and sewer pits.

Residents bemoaned the misuse of the private community hall by a 'mushrooming' group of commercial sex workers.

"There is chaos at the local hall because the premises have become a brothel and a haven for commercial sex workers. Immorality has become the order of the day," said one of the participants.

Alluding to the ownership of the private hall, councilor Magalane informed residents that the matter is already being discussed at the council chambers in order to find a plausible solution to the problem.

At least five representatives, including the councilor, were selected to visit and engage the property overseer over the use of the hall.

Among other issues, women emphasized the improvement of hygiene and cleanliness in Ward one, encouraging each other to join health clubs and be part of the national clean up campaign that was officiated by the president on every first Friday of the month. The councilor, highlighted that local businesses such as Greens Supermarket have pledged to sponsor cleaning material and refreshments for the exercise.

Source: Women's Institute for Leadership Development

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