Mbizo residents interface with their leaders


The Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition convened a "Meet the People Forum € in Kwekwe at the Mbizo Parliamentary Information Centre with the objective of providing an opportunity for local leaders to give feedback on key political developments and equally to afford the general public an opportunity to ask the leadership questions on issues that affect them. The meeting was attended by 438 people (265 males and 173 females) including Hon Settlement Chikwinya (Member of Parliament for Mbizo), Deputy Mayor of Kwekwe Cllr Helena Mukosana, Cllr   Johanness Ngozo, Cllr Machingauta, Cllr Masiya, Cllr Sithole, and District Development Committee Chairperson Mr. Simon Machisvo.

Honorable  Chikwinya gave feedback on the constitution making process where he indicated that a number of agreements have been reached including a 2 term limit for presidency. He indicated that there were still some outstanding issues around the death penalty, dual citizenship and devolution. On elections he indicated that elections are process driven and not event driven and as such the elections will only be held after some conditions for free and fair elections have been fulfilled. He outlined the demands of his party on elections including some key reforms that should be implemented before the next elections.

Other issues that emerged include:

  1. The most topical debate was on electricity and water with residents lambasting ZESA and the City of Kwekwe for giving them a raw deal. The residents of Mbizo 15 and 17 complained that ZESA has not connected electricity despite the fact that the poles were erected two years ago.
  2. The payment plan system has not been implemented despite councilors having encouraged the city council and ZESA to allow residents to come up with payment plans to clear the debts which they cannot settle at once.
  3. The state of roads in Mbizo is deplorable. The parts of the constituency most affected by the pot holes are no longer being serviced by commuter omnibus operators leading to lowering of the prices of properties and rentals.

The city is sitting on a time bomb as far as refuse collection is concerned. The street corners are littered with rubbish. There is a likelihood of an outbreak of water borne diseases if the situation is not quickly addressed.

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