|Mayor's Chicago trip flops, yields 5 000 pairs shoes|
|Wednesday, 21 September 2011 02:00|
Michael Chideme Municipal Reporter
The mayor travelled to the US as part of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's delegation reportedly to structure a twinning arrangement with the capital of Illinois State, among other issues. He confirmed that he failed to meet the principals of either Chicago City or Illinois State and ended up meeting either junior officers or people not on his itinerary.
Mr Masunda attributed the flop to poor planning by a co-ordinator in the PM's office.
Reporting back on his visit to Chicago to the council, Mr Masunda said he received the "proverbial manna from heaven" when Ms Mona Purdy "a good Samaritan, who runs a project called ‘Share Your Soles' in Chicago pledged the 5 000 pairs of shoes." The shoes comprise mainly takkies for all age groups.
"These shoes will be distributed to the needy members of our community within Greater Harare under the auspices of the Mayor's Cheer Fund," he said. Impressed by the huge shoe consignment, Mr Masunda urged Zimbabweans to tap into the goodwill that exists "out there".
He said the trip was "a resounding success" but regretted he could not meet the Mayor of Chicago whom he had gone to visit to discuss Harare's twinning arrangement.
Mr Masunda said he had a fruitful meeting with Ms Cristal Thomas, the deputy governor of Illinois after failing to meet the governor Pat Quinn who was preparing for an overseas business trip. He said he was expecting a business delegation from Chicago, led by Mr Jim Reynolds, chairman and chief executive officer of Loop Capital.