GRRA empowers councillors

By Karen Mkwate
Gweru Residents and Rate Payers Association (GRRA) has strengthened a network of policy makers to support local governance reform.
GRRA recently held a one day interface policy meeting with local councillors in a move to create proactive policy network.


Speaking at the event Mr Chikerema argued that councillors were the policy makers and through the committee system should give overall direction to local authorities.
“In terms of policy there are issues to do with consistency and transparency because when policies are inconsistent it affects the political economy of Zimbabwe,” said Chikerema.

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“Councillors should make sure that policies are not affected by both external and internal factors.”
Assistant director of housing Mrs Unity Jaji said policies should be put into practise and be implemented.


“It does not help to make a policy then forget that we crafted a policy, though there are challenges that can be faced,” she said.
“We want to implement policies and address key issues such as poor planning and coordination.”

She said management must have the capacity to implement policies with enough resources available to put such policies into practice.

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