MARONDERA-Marondera Municipality has indefinitely suspended all council meetings including monthly Committee Meetings and Full Council meetings for the first time in forty (40) years as the impact of COVID-19 takes its toll on the local authority.
This was disclosed by Marondera Municipality acting Town Clerk Rinashe Nyamuzihwa in an interview with this reporter in Marondera recently.
Nyamuzihwa said COVID-19 is for real, and Marondera Municipality cannot be seen to be taking chances with the pandemic, but to move together with the rest of the world in trying to contain the deadly disease.
“One way to do this is to cancel all gatherings including all our usual meetings which include Committeee Meetings where various committees meet regularly to deliberate on pertinent issues they will then table before our monthly Full Council meetings either for adoption or otherwise,” said Nyamuzihwa.
Committee Meetings Also Affected
Nyamuzihwa added that it is not only Full Council and Committee Meetings that have been affected by COVID-19, but all council meetings have been cancelled until the situation normalises.
He said that the decision has been reached following wide consultations from stakeholders who all unanimously agreed that it is in the best interest of everyone in Marondera to cancel such meetings.
“I have been working for Marondera municipality for close to two decades as a Chamber Secretary whose job among others is to organise critical meetings like Full Council meetings, but I have never encountered any situation which called for the indefinite postponement of such meetings,” he said.
Nyamuzihwa added that according to council records this is the first time since independence that they have been an indefinate suspension of Full Council meetings in Marondera.
All Council business Grounds to a Halt
He said the postponement of especially Full Council meetings means that council business has been ground to a halt as all critical decisions are made there.
The seriously affected are residents who would have applied for residential and commercial stands cessions, title deeds, change of use among others as it is Full Council business to approve or disapprove such applications.
“As things stand right now, all these applications have been put on hold until the situation improves, much to the disadvantage of our residents,” said the Acting town Clerk.