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Gweru residents stage demo over poor service delivery

Gweru – Hundreds of disgruntled residents from Mkoba high density suburb in the Midlands capital Gweru on Thursday morning besieged the local council offices to protest over poor service delivery. The Administration Hall in Mkoba 6 houses the district council offices which serve residents that cannot commute to the Town House in the Central Business District. The call by the…

Majority of Zimbabwean Youths Not Participating in Local Governance Processes

Poor service delivery has always been considered a legacy of poor governance and lack of youth participation in Zimbabwe. However, 41 years into our independence, many local municipalities are still battling with service delivery backlogs. These backlogs have often been attributed to, for example, dysfunctional ward development committees, corruption amongst councillors, exclusion of community members in the planning process especially…

Residents urge GCC to prioritize water supply and woodlands dumpsite

Gweru residents have urged the local authority to prioritise improvement of water supply and the relocation of the woodlands dumpsite as we approach the budget formulation season period. This was said during the Budget Consultation Indaba held at YWCA in Mkoba recently, organized by Gweru Residents and Ratepayers Association (GRRA). A concerned resident, Andrew Zihapa said there is need for…

Gweru residents step up fight against litter

Armed with bags, gloves, masks, hoes and a strong sense of purpose, around 12 men and women got to work cleaning the streets of Mkoba 3, as part of a the safe cities campaign of promoting a clean environment for residents. Ward 11 residents committee sacrificed their time to clear rubbish and raise awareness as part of building the foundation…

Bridging the gap between residents and councillors

Representing several thousands of residents has been complex for councillors since political and social patterns have been evolving. Which means communities are diverse and it has never been easy for them to fully understand the nature of their ward particularly on all of their issues and problems. Residents of Gweru have not been frequently engaging their councillors and that has…

Residents and GCC, engage over water crisis

Access to clean and safe water is a basic human right. Yet, the availability of water remains a huge challenge in the city of Gweru due to the deteriorating infrastructure. However, Gweru Residents and Ratepayers Association (GRRA) conducted a virtual Water Indaba for residents’ inorder for them to discuss on water issues affecting the city as well as coming up…

GRRA distributes hand sanitizers for free

Gweru Residents and Ratepayers Association (GRRA) Ward 6 Committee recently began producing hand sanitizers at their production facilities in Mtapa which they intend to distribute for free to the business community as part of their efforts to help curb the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. “Our priority as GRRA Ward 6 Committee – right now and always – is the safety and…

Guard against dubious land barons: residents told

Social movements usually made up of civil society organizations (CSOs) are largely emerging as an important force in Zimbabweans lives, championing issues such as human rights, health, governance to name but a few. CSOs are largely shifting their stance a bit to include aspects such as social justice in urban planning and practice while lobbying for service delivery (water, refuse,…

GRRA mainstreams COVID-19 issues in their programmes

Gweru Residents and Ratepayers Association (GRRA) recently held an awareness campaign in form of a mobile roadshow van in a bid to clarify and simplify Statutory Instruments and Covid-19 related messages. GRRA also used the campaign to encourage residents on using water sparingly following the looming challenge after the City of Gweru announced a cut in water supply supposedly coming…