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MASVINGO residents have threatened to hold demonstrations at the local authority premises starting next week to express their disgruntlement at the continued snubbing of their meetings by councilors while service delivery continues to deteriorate.

About 500 angry residents made the resolution during an all stakeholders interface meeting held at Mucheke hall on Tuesday after the city’s ten wards elected officials decided not to show up despite confirming their participation to Masvingo United Residents and Rate Payers Association (MURRA), the organizers of the meeting.

“We are sick and tired of the councilors who have maintained their stance to continue snubbing residents meetings. We want them to come and provide answers to our grievances concerning service delivery,” Tinashe Moyo a resident said.

The meeting was attended by officials from the Environmental Management Agency (EMA), the police and the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) among other service providers in the country’s first urban settlement.

Residents questioned why the MDC-T dominated councilors were the only ones from the service providers in the city who continue to snub meetings concerning the development of the city.

The residents have since instructed the MURRA secretariat to seek clearance from the police for the demos to go ahead starting next week.

“I think enough is enough we did not vote them into power to avoid us. We need them to come to us and give answers to questions and complaints that we have.

Why do they continue to ignore our meetings while they attend others? We need to take them head on and taking to the streets is the best way to go,” said Tracy Musakanya, MURRA Aocacy Committee member.

On Monday, City council clashed with residents after it locked Chitima market vendors outside their work station over unpaid daily operational fees which ended with riot police being called in.

The council is demanding $2 per day as a fee from each vendor while vendors say they can only afford $1.

The residents said they were tired of flimsy last minute excuses from councilors who would have been sent invitations in time.

Community leaders said the councilors would confirm participation whenever they are called but would give lame excuses on the day of the meeting.

Source : New Zimbabwe