Residents in Nyameni Surbub have expressd displeasure after council rehabilitated a single road that passes through the area’s councillor.
The concerned residents said all the street roads in the suburb need attention and questioned why the road that leads to ward 7 Councillor Mubayiwa Dzvuke’s house was given priority.
Open Council Marondera visited the suburb and discovered that the road in Dzvuke’s street has been given a new turf.
Also discovered is that some roads in the suburb are in bad state with the situation being worsened by the incessant rains in Marondera.
“All street roads in Nyameni are in a bad state , it’s known.
“We are disgruntled that the road that passes Dzvuke’s house is the only one repaired.
“Why was it given priority? Because he is the area Councillor?,” said Tinaye Mauye, a resident.
Dzvuke is the council chairman for the Finance Portfolio committee.
Marondera Residents Open Forum (MAROF) director Tapiwa Chengeta said council needs to meet interests of residents first and not please individuals.
“The exercise to repair roads by Marondera Municipality is a welcome development.I
“It is one of the service deliverables that we have always advocated for.
“Areas like Rusike and Garikai have no roads totally and should be given preference.
Chengeta said it becomes worrisome when council gives preferences to Councilors’ roads when certain areas are totally unreachable.
“We need to to put the interests of the residents first ahead of our personal interests,”he said.
Contacted for comment , Dzvuke could neither deny nor confirm the road issue but sent a list of roads which he said council would act on.
Pressed further to comment on which criteria was used by council to rehabilitate the road that passes through his house, Dzvuke was evasive.
“You can write what you want to write as usual,” he said.