Council given ultimatum


THE Masvingo City Council was last week given a two-week ultimatum to conduct community meetings in the wards to respond to a petition by residents demanding a disclosure of management’s salaries.


Residents want council to respond to speculation that management awarded themselves housing allowances as much as $1 000 a month while staying in municipal houses.

They want an update on council property that was attached by unpaid workers as well as incomplete capital projects cited in the petition by residents, the Masvingo United Residents and Ratepayers’ Association (Murra) said in a statement yesterday.

Masvingo City Council management called a meeting with Murra management mid-April to respond to the issues raised in the petition.

The two parties resolved that council officials would hold community meetings in the wards to give feedback to residents on the petition as soon as possible.

However, to date the local leaders have not yet taken any action or initiated dialogue with residents.

The local authority’s representatives failed to show up at a community meeting organised by Murra on April 30, leading to the ultimatum.