By Leopold Munhende
NEWLY elected Harare Mayor Herbert Gomba has called on professionals to volunteer their skills and services in efforts to restore the country’s biggest city to its former glory.
“Today (Thursday) I call upon our residents to complement our efforts and join us in the transformation agenda by volunteering to help fix the city,” Gomba said while launching his 100 day plan.
Harare, home to more than 1,5 million residents, has seen erratic water supplies to residential areas while aging pipe leakages have often been allowed to gush loads of treated water unattended.
City roads have witnessed dysfunctional traffic lights, potholes, fading markings and damaged signage.
But all this, according to the mayor, coupled with many other challenges, can be mitigated if professionals among residents volunteered their expertise for the betterment of the city.
“Electrical engineers, technicians, plumbers, painters, horticulturalists and all those professionals, my call to you is to spare time to contribute to your city,” Gomba said.
“Time has come to fix our robots, our tower lights, our solar lights, our sewer, our toilets, our flowers and all that which can make our city to be a better place to live in again.”
The new mayor is keen to ensure adequate water supplies to town markets, plug water leaks and mitigate erratic supplies.
Gomba also wishes to see repairs and maintenance of all traffic lights especially within the CBD, renovate First Street, among other business, between now and December 28 this year.
The 100 Day Plan is an initiative introduced by council last year as a means of measuring the city’s achievements.
The city is battling to clear its streets of a huge army of illegal vendors although the move has generated a lot of political tension between the MDC dominated local authority and Zanu PF, which controls central government.
Harare’s capacity to deal with its own problems have been exposed by the current cholera outbreak that has seen more than 7000 cases reported in a space of few weeks, coupled with the death of 32 residents.