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OFFICIALS from the financially crippled Masvingo council are set to leave for Germany to seek assistance with residents warning them to come back with tangible results and not treat the trip as a vacation.

A delegation which comprises the town clerk, city treasurer, mayor and one councillor will, this week, leave for the Germany City of Kernen.

Masvingo needs financial and technical help to turn around its fortunes and improve service delivery which has deteriorated to appalling levels.

The council officials will seek the help of the Germans in improving Masvingo’s refuse collection and recycling processes, town clerk, Adolf Gusha, told NewZimbabwe.com on Monday.

The team would also appeal for funds to upgrade one of the clinics built by the Germans in the high density suburb of Runyararo so that it can have a maternity wing, among other facilities.

“The partnership between the two cities started in 1990,” said Gusha.

“It has been active since then and very beneficial to Masvingo and we could like to continue strengthening the relationship.”

Gusha said his delegation would also urge the Germans to increase funding towards a business development fund established between the two cities which has benefited a number of small business enterprises in Masvingo.

Masvingo United Residents and Rate payers Association (MURRA) coordinator, Anoziva Muguti, said the delegation should not take the trip as a vacation.

“We would like to wish the council delegation well on their trip to Germany,” said Muguti.

“We urge them to lure investment from various business interests in Germany so that our city develops and we get excellent world class service delivery. We also remind them that they are not going there on vacation.”

Last year the Germans donated an Ambulance to the local authority as well as a huge amount of equipment to council clinics.

Part of the donations even benefited to Masvingo Provincial Hospital and other hospitals within the province.

A number of orphanages and old people’s homes in Masvingo are also receiving donations from the Germans.

Source : New Zimbabwe