WASHINGTON DC —
The Chitungwiza Town Council held a crucial full council meeting Monday to discuss issues affecting the satellite town, in particular the non-payment of workers’ salaries and the recent purchase of pre-paid water meters from China at a cost of $265,000 that residents have threatened to boycott.
The residents are up in arms with the local authority following its decision to buy 3,000 pre-paid water meters when clean access to water and refuse collection remain a problem in the town.
The town has not paid its workers for close to 10 months now, a development confirmed by deputy mayor Godwell Mushangwe who said the council was aware of that and was trying frantically to address it.
Mushangwe said his team inherited most of these problems from the previous administration, adding that they have been trying to pay their workers current and outstanding salaries.
"The meeting was to discuss how to implement resolutions from previous meetings and we resolved among other issues to have autoway pits at our local clinics," he said.
Mushangwe explained that autoway pits work just like incinerators but are far much cheaper as one can be built at a cost of $3,000 as compared to an incinerator that costs over $85 000.00.
The council plans to erect these at its four clinics in the town.