KWEKWE mayor Matenda Madzoke says he wants to make peace with residents, pledging to bring transparency and accountability at the local authority.
Madzoke was elected at a time when the local authority had a frosty relationship with Kwekwe Residents and Ratepayers’ Development Association (KRRDA) over allegations of corruption and misuse of public resources.
KRRDA clashed with former mayor Shadreck Tobaiwa over the budget formulation process, which the association argued was not consultative and did not represent the aspiration of residents who paid the bills.
The standoff saw residents boycotting paying rates in protest.
Madzoke said his policy was to engage all stakeholders, especially pressure groups and the business community to bring harmony in the operations of the local authority.
“I accept that KRRDA is a major player in issues of good governance and the general development of our city,” he said.
“I am therefore going to engage any stakeholder to ensure that we move forward together.
“I am just but a servant of the people, so my door will be open, in fact, I am going to have an open door policy.”
Elected on a Zanu PF ticket, Madzoke insists he is not a politician, but a civic leader and will not allow politics to get into the way of people’s issues.
“I wore the Zanu PF hat during elections, but the office I hold is not political, but purely civic,” he said.
“I am a city father and will behave that way in the discharge of my duties.”