Businesses and residents in Marondera have welcomed the proclamation of by-election dates by President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
The residents said it is high time they have representation in both council and parliament.
President Mnangagwa announced that by-elections will be held on March 26.
Marondera Urban Business Forum director Emmanuel Danha said the elections benefits both businesses and residents.
“Both businesses and residents benefit from this election.
“We have been having issues with council especially on issues to do with rates.
“We need a full quorum in council not the current set up with six councillors and an MP missing,” he said.
Marondera Residents Open Forum (MAROF) Director Tapiwa Chengeta added that
“We use the representative democracy governance system in Zimbabwe.
“Half the residents in Marondera did not have a voice at council due to the recalls.
“This basically meant that their voice was not even heard in council.
“The by-elections will eventually bring a voice to the residents.
“We don’t care whether the winner is going to come from Mars or Venus. What we care about is the voice of the people through the person they elect,” he said.
Marondera Mayor Chengetai Murowa is one of the councillors who was recalled for being aligned to Nelson Chamisa.
A total of six councillors from the MDC Alliance were also fired.
The town is currently also without a legislator following the recalling of Caston Matewu.