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Kasukuwere demands action

By Munyaradzi Doma / Published on Friday, 14 Oct 2016 18:56 PM / No Comments / 794 views

14 October 2016

. . . Harare launches rapid results approach

Minister Kasukuwere
Minister Kasukuwere

The City of Harare should ensure that they implement all the set goals in its first 100 Days rapid results approach initiative.

This was said by Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister Saviour Kasukuwere on Thursday when he launched the city’s programme, which is aimed at having best practices in its operations.

“This meeting will discuss all these issues that concern us as residents let’s leave no stone unturned.

“It would be good to live in a city where the roads are looked after, where the potholes are covered, where water is made available.

“The ambitious programme that you have enunciated madam town clerk, we will all be watching very closely to ensure that it happens,” he said.

On the illegal activities minister Kasukuwere said “the number of townships mushrooming in the central City of Harare is a cause for concern.

“We have the development control team, what are they doing, we have traffic control department, traffic security.

“Just a few days ago I was driving from commemorating the World Habit Day at the roundabout kombis were parking illegally and behind there, there is a city council municipal wrecker, the driver is sleeping.

“I hope Mai Ncube (acting town clerk) your 100 days you will start with exactly that.

“We have got to get cracking; we can’t allow our city to become something that no one will be able to describe. Look at the madness that has been created by the kombis in the City of Harare,” said minister Kasukuwere.

He also bemoaned the chaos that is currently along Second Street Extension where he said the “kombis are turning right in front of oncoming traffic, sure what has become of us.

“Can’t we designate some piece of land somewhere where those who are travelling outside of Harare can go and get their transport and get picked up as opposed to picking people right straight in the face of oncoming traffic, we can’t allow this chaos to continue.”

In order to improve the current situation minister Kasukuwere said there is need to work together.

“Let’s work hard together, this initiative, this 100 day initiative must start in earnest,” he added.

Areas that have been covered under the first 100 Day Rapid Results Initiative are to have one stop shop with delegated powers for layout plan circulations and approvals, remove all illegal ranks, establishment of one stop shop for issuance of all City licences, to increase access to portable water from the current 45 percent to 55 percent and reduce pollution from the current 2.5 milligrams per litre to 2 milligrams per litre by Dec 2016, increase compliance with refuse collection schedule from current 60 percent to 90 percent by 31 December 2016, reduction of overtime by 50 percent and update, review processes, policies and procedures to 100 percent of all critical Council activities.

Minister Kasukuwere added:

“…ladies and gentlemen allow me to commend the City of Harare for taking the lead in local authorities in using the RRA to get tangible results, within the stipulated period, albeit under difficult conditions. I am certain that the approach will lead to a radical departure from the business-as-usual-approach. In all the sectors where the approach has been used, results are there for all to see and this is well documented.

“The initiative should not end with the 1stOne Hundred Days, you need to then upscale and have the 2nd 100 day RRI and ensure that all service delivery areas are covered .When you do this, and you improve service delivery and create a good environment for investment.”

In a speech read on his behalf by his Deputy Christopher Mbanga, Harare mayor Bernard Manyenyeni said “the Rapid Results Approach will enhance Council operations by bringing accountability and transparency as it involves the City’s stakeholders.

“Developed from the input of the councillors, staff and stakeholders.

“The first fruits of the review is the adoption of Rapid Results Approach, where we are saying within the limited fiscal space we operating in, we surely can produce tangible results.

“As the Leader of Council, I will make sure that the goals set under the 1ST Hundred Day Rapid Results Approach are implemented.

Principal Director in the Office of the President and Cabinet Solomon Mhlanga reading Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Dr Ray Ndhlukula’s speech assured “City of Harare management that Government fully supports this initiative and all efforts must be made to ensure the successful implementation of the set goals.”