MASVINGO-The Minister of Local Government and Public Works, Winston Chitando has held a service delivery review meeting with Masvingo Municipality and Rural District Council on Monday this week
Minister Chitando was meeting the two local authorities to discuss the service delivery blue print dubbed ‘Call to Action, No Compromise To Service Delivery’ launched by President Mnangagwa last year in November.
Speaking during the interactive meeting , Chitando said his visit’s main purpose is to review the state of affairs in Masvingo and see how far the two local authorities have progressed in implementing the blue print.
He also expressed his appreciation to both local authorities, saying that he is impressed how they have managed to identify gaps hindering service delivery and how they intend to solve them.
“I will make reference to the blueprint launched by his excellence on November 1 last year. The blueprint is the initial step towards urban renewal and attainment of the 2030 vision of becoming an upper middle income economy.
“I have had an update from Masvingo City Mayor and Masvingo Rural District Chairperson and I want to compliment them for identifying gaps in the service delivery as well as coming up with the solutions as per this blueprint’s requirements.
“For example, Masvingo City is pumping two thirds of the water required by the residents and on that they have indicated how they will deal with the problem in the next three years.
“They have both assured me that they have solid plans to complete their masterplan by June 30 which is the deadline for all local authorities to have submitted their masterplans. In short, I am impressed by the plans brought forward by both local authorities,” said Chitando.
In his remarks Masvingo City Mayor, Aleck Tabe applauded Chitando’s visit and said it is rare for Ministers to come down on the ground to listen to local authorities’ concerns and help map the way forward together.
“As the city council we are happy that the Honorable Minister made this courtesy call. This interactive dialogue is a rarity.
“With such a mindset, I am sure we achieve a lot together for the good of the residents at large,” said Tabe.