The meeting between our leadership and Masvingo City has come to an end. The two parties have PARTIALLY’ agreed on the need to cut cost and adjust the budget. The council has pledged to hold an special full council meeting by the end of this week to come up with a resolution over the issue. Council again asked MURRA to put its submissions in writting before the special council meeting is held so that it can figure out were to cut costs and make adjustments to the budget if possible. The city father say they will put in writting their response after the meeting, possibly early next week. The response shall be shared to members, Meanwhile the council has urged residents to pay their current bills while they finalize the issue .
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This communications serves to inform our membership that your esteemed MURRA leadership and its legal advisers is currently holed up in a crucial meeting with City Council management to discuss the issue of unjustified rates hikes that saw current bills ballooning beyond the reach of many residents. City council argues that the rates were a result of the approval of 2020 budget which residents vehemently rejected and objected as required by the Urban Council ACT. In the meeting We are demanding that the rates be revised downwards to reasonable proportions that will be affordable to struggling residents in the city. Outcomes of the meeting deliberations will be fully shared to our membership. Good day. Enhancing citizen participation in local governance. We Pay You Deliver! Inserted by MURRA Information department.
Residents condemn looting of subsidised mealie-meal by police manning queues at retail shops.
MURRA would like to express concern over allegations by residents that some unscrupulous and rogue police officers manning mealie meal queues at Sisk and Yeukai business center abused their power of office to loot subsidized mealie meal for resale when ordinary residents failed to access it. Residents allege that police officers enforcing lockdown regulations, particularly observance of social distance in queues took the opportunity to horde the scarce commodity which they will sell at double price on the parallel market. Residents condemn such malpracticies in the strongest terms and urge local police bosses to intervene. Meanwhile residents would like to appalud local grain millers for taking up a bold decision to bring subsidised mealie- meal to residential areas for easy access to residents as way to limit manipulation by rougue law enforcements agents. We say Kudos to the millers for making sure that residents access the precious staple without difficulities during lockdown. We also urge residents to continue observing social distancing and constantly wash their hands, when millers bring their staple to their neighborhood.
Masvingo residents have filed an urgent High Court application in a bid to force the local authority to supply water to residential areas during the 21 day national lockdown.
Masvingo United Residents and Ratepayers Alliance (MURRA) filed the papers citing Masvingo City Council, the Minister of Local Government, Minister of Health and the Minister of Finance as respondents.
According to court papers, the residents accuse Council of failing to ensure constant supply of clean, safe and portable water.
They are now seeking court relief ordering the local authority to immediately supply residents with portable water.
Residents are also seeking an order from the courts ordering the Minister of Finance to urgently assist Masvingo City Council by availing resources to enable them to provide an uninterrupted water supply to residents.
Both respondents are yet to file their opposing papers to the case.
The case mirrors another one filed and won by the Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA) against the same respondents.
Zimbabwe is currently under a 21 day lockdown with people being encouraged to minimise movement and stay indoors as a measure to curb the spread of the deadly virus which has so far claimed one life and infected nine.
The World Health Organisation has also urged people to constantly wash their hands using running water, as one measure of avoiding the spread of the deadly COVID 19 pandemic.
Masvingo residents have been relying on boreholes mostly as they are only receiving water twice a week.
This has increased the risk of spreading the disease.
Masvingo City Council has in the past cited unavailability of electricity to pump water but since the national began, the city has not experienced any load shedding.