MDC ready to hold inaugural Smart Councils Summit

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By Robert Tapfumaneyi

MDC will next week hold its Smart Councils Summit that will see party councillors from local authorities in parts of the country converge for the indaba.

The summit is meant to exchange ideas and get direction from the party leadership on how they can improve service delivery to the benefit of ratepayers.

The MDC event will be held in Harare from 11-12 March and it will see councillors from both urban and rural authorities attend.

Launching the party’s national 2020 agenda, MDC leader Nelson Chamisa in January said his party was also going to launch its smart village concert in every rural area for model housing.

“National building and nation development is a collective affair as MDC must do away with oppositional mindset at all places, MDC must show its footprints,” Chamisa told thousands of cheering supporters at open space near Stodart Hall, in Mbare high-density suburb.

The opposition leader also told his party supporters they were going to invade Zanu PF stronghold rural areas and introduce a programme that will develop the countryside.

“We are launching in villages what we call the smart village concert, in every rural areas we want to do a model housing,” he said.

“We now have a programme called MDC in communities, we will be launching the smart cities policy document that will focus on how we govern differently detailing issues to the local authority’s service delivery, infrastructure, the vision of the city.

“We are also going to launch the smart villages policy that will entail our model smart homesteads smart, sources of energy solar for each rural home borehole per village infrastructure for villages, schools, bridges, etc”.

MDC controls most of the urban local authorities and a significant number of rural councils in the country.