The Municipality of Marondera is set to engage United Kingdom’s Bournemouth City Council (BCC) in a twin arrangement meant to benefit the former, especially in issues to do with service delivery system.
This was revealed by Marondera Central legislator Caston Matewu who is set to travel to the Western country in June to meet BCC officials over the twinning arrangement.
Matewu, who previously worked in Bournemouth said the arrangement will benefit Marondera Town Council through sharing of ideas and benefiting from service delivery assets.
“We want to have a twinning arrangement between Bournemouth City Council and Marondera Town Council. This will work in the sense that there is an exchange of ideas and that we can benefit from things that they try to dispose of. For example, the refuse trucks that they no longer need –in those countries there are so advanced such that a refuse truck is used for just two years,” he said.
Council is currently depending on a single functional refuse truck which is serving the whole town with an estimated 80 000 dwellers.
Recently, a business association accused the local authority of failing to account for a refuse truck that was imported in 2017 before disappearing at the border.
The non-collection of garbage, sewer bursts and failure to control vending spaces by the local authority has been exacerbated by the current harsh economic conditions that have impoverished almost all local authorities in the country.