Dzivarasekwa legislator Edwin Mushoriwa embarked on a development campaign that saw him rehabilitate water points and health facilities in wards.
By Adelaide Kuudzerema
Although Zimbabwe is a polarized country, Mushoriwa broke through political barriers to serve the community by drilling boreholes, maintaining mental health at local clinics and rehabilitating roads.
In an interview with 263Chat, Mushoriwa said that among other things they managed to recover the borehole repair equipment which had been privatized and placed it under the control of the local authority.
“We managed to salvage the borehole repair equipment which was being privatized and put it under the management of Harare City Works Department to carry out quarterly routine service and ordinary repair of our boreholes in Dzivaresekwa constituency, established water point committees at each borehole for the purpose of borehole maintenance and management.
“We managed to rehabilitate the incinerator of the Polyclinic of Rujeko which was emitting gases and disturbing the inhabitants of Rujeko and Pasipanodya as well as the surrounding areas. Vehicle permits are collected by ZINARA but there is little money poured into the maintenance of our roads, I have tabled a notice of motion that the government allocates at least 2% of the national budget to the renewal of old suburbs such that Dzivaresekwa since the infrastructure no longer has the capacity to support,” said Mushoriwa
With the help of Oxfam and other development partners, solar-powered boreholes have been drilled at Dzivaresekwa 1, along with their fencing and the resuscitation of an old farm borehole at the Marwede site offices.
Mushoriwa said with the help of development partners three more solar powered boreholes were drilled at Zimbabwe Reformed Church, Gombo School, Muzikanwi Street and Sungayi Street at Dzivaresekwa 3, to provide residents with better sanitation and safe drinking water.
Local authorities across the country, including Harare, have faced a plethora of challenges ranging from poor sanitation to poor service delivery.