Blessings Chidakwa Municipality Correspondent
RUWA Local Board has set an ambitious target of attaining municipality status by next year, with a number of infrastructural development projects lined up, town officials have said.
The dormitory town, located about 27 km from Harare, prides itself in having carried out a number of projects, including installing state-of-the-art solar traffic lights, embarking on housing schemes and procuring refuse trucks.
Town chairperson Mr Kizito Chivafa said despite the harsh economic environment, the town was managing to pull through and was confident of attaining the municipal status next year.
“To attain municipality status by next year, that’s our major target. Hence you have seen that our new Town House is almost 80 percent complete and we hope by the next few months it would be complete.
“In terms of refuse trucks, we have acquired a third one so that we maintain our clean city,” he said.
Town secretary Mr Kumbirai Madanhi weighed in saying the town was ready for municipal status. “On a positive note, I am sure we have done a lot for ourselves despite the financial challenges in an economy which is not well-performing. We have said the economy should not be a big issue and we try our best to deliver our services as residents expect that from us,” he said.
Mr Madanhi said other developments the town was carrying out that should be completed by year-end include, among others, installation of solar traffic lights, the water augmentation exercise, installation of smart meters and securing a dumpsite.
Ruwa has a population of about 20 000 residents.