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BY JAMES MUONWA/ JOHN MURWIRA
Karoi Town Council has embarked on an ambitious drive to fulfill conditions
required to attain municipality status by year-end.
The move, authorities say, is poised to see exponential infrastructural
growth and a major face-lift of the town in the next six months.
Urban local authorities are categorised as follows, in order of size; city,
municipality, town council and local board.
Karoi chairman, Councillor Abel Matsika said council was seized with the
matter and was putting in place modalities to ensure that the target is
achieved.
"We have set a vision of becoming a municipality by 2020, and that year is
now. Council will hit the ground running from now and mid-June during which
a lot of activities will take place.
"Karoi will definitely be a different place as a municipality," said
Matsika on the sidelines of a strategic planning workshop held in Chinhoyi,
recently.
He highlighted Karoi will this year embark on various capital projects,
including completion of Westview Primary School, construction of two
satellite clinics in Chiedza and Kubatana, setting up vending market
stalls, roads rehabilitation and refurbishment of stadia.
The local authority has also budgeted for the purchase of a refuse
compactor, tipper truck and service vehicles.
Matsika said his council had tabled nearly a dozen draft policies that, if
adopted, would result in the town's growth.
The measures would also ensure efficient service delivery to residents and
ratepayers on the back of a satisfactory above 50% budget performance last
year, he said.
Among the policies are the investment policy aimed at attracting new
investors and the information communications technology (ICT) blueprint set
to revolutionise council's revenue collection which will now be digitalised
to curb financial impropriety and boost inflows into council coffers.
On the long-awaited take over of water management from the Zimbabwe
National Water Authority (Zinwa), Matsika was optimistic the matter would
be resolved soon to allow council to exercise one of its core mandates of
water provision.
"For starters, we are very happy the President (Emmerson Mnangagwa) is
preaching devolution. The coming of water management to us is on its own
devolution and this is inevitable.
"The matter is being handled by higher offices. We hope it is quickly dealt
with to enable council to exercise one of its main functions," said Matsika.
Currently, Zinwa is responsible for water treatment, distribution and
billing in the farming town.-TOP NEWS.

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