MVUMA: There was chaos at the just-ended budget consultation meeting which was recently held at Mvuma Athens Mines Centre, Ward 24 as residents fumed over poor service delivery, lack of accountability and transparency by the City Council.
The angry residents demanded to have a copy of the minutes which were being read by the local authority board.
Ward 24 Councillor, Mika Mbukwa confirmed that Council officials came with incomplete minutes which did not include the previous contributions made by the residents.
“Residents were right to demand copies of the minutes so that they also read for themselves. These minutes were incomplete and as Mvuma we want our grievances to be considered effectively,” he said.
Efforts by the Finance Director, Nyasha Rungano, to calm down the fuming residents through an apology were fruitless as the situation became even worse
Despite trying to calm down the irritated citizens by apologizing, Finance Director, Nyasha Rungano made the situation worse as the residents became more violent and intense.
“Enough is enough, for almost 15 years we don’t have toilets yet you are busy sitting comfortably in your offices. Every month we pay the bills but you don’t deliver the paid services,” shouted one of the residents within the crowd.
Mvuma Residents and Ratepayers Alliance Chairperson Sitshengisiwe Kalenge pleaded with the council to act on street lighting as many people are losing their lives due to the darkness.
“Mvuma is failing on service delivery. It’s been a long time since we have tasked the council to put up street lights and tower lights. I also want to applaud the move made by residents to speak for themselves,” said Kalenge.