The quality of life for urban dwellers in Zimbabwe is rapidly
deteriorating as newly appointed urban authorities battle to provide
essential services, officials and civic activists say.
The central government appointed a new Harare mayor and other officials
last month to work with councilors of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change elected in March. Harare has not had an elected mayor since 2003, when opposition incumbent Elias Mudzuri was suspended from his functions by the government and a commission put in place.
Chief Executive Officer Barnabas Mangodza of the
Combined Harare Residents Association told Reporter
Carole Gombakomba of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that the new municipal authorities have an uphill battle on
their hands addressing critical water and power shortages along with a collapse in
health care, all undermining the quality of life in Harare.
In the eastern Mutare, a new
MDC mayor and 18 councilors were to take office Thursday.
Chairman Geoff White of the Mutare Residents and Rate Payers
Association expressed confidence the new council will do its
best, though offering the caveat that central government interference could limit its ability to deliver
of Bulawayo have not fared much better than their fellow citizens in Harare and Mutare a week after opposition councilors there chose Patrick
Moyo as mayor.
Chairman Winos Dube of the Bulawayo United Residents
Association said that while water and power are critical issues,
the root cause of most problems is hyperinflation
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