By Wisdom Mumera
Norton legislator Temba Mliswa is set to take the Norton Town Council (NTC) to court over its continued failure to avail adequate service delivery despite the continued collection of rates from residents.
The legislator has put into motion a legal master plan that will result in extensive court challenges against the Town Council which has been struggling to provide services in the dormitory town.
Addressing Ward 10, Calfa residents this week, Mliswa said the legal route was the only way through which the resident issues, which include water shortages, could be addressed.
“You have to make court applications as that is the language which they can understand. How can they (Town Council) continue collecting rates when they are not providing water or the requisite service delivery?’
“Where is the collected money going is the question because we are not seeing any improvements on the ground’.
“Sewage is still there, bad roads, no water, and the bins are not being collected”, he said.
Mliswa said it was not his mandate to provide those services as he was a legislator primarily focused on representation and oversight over national issues.
“Development starts with the Councilor and you have to be more astute in selecting those people as they are the ones that seat in Council meetings and decide where the money is to be allocated”
“I don’t seat there as I’m a legislator mandated for a different role altogether. I only come to cushion you but that is not my job”, he said.
However, NTC has said the water issue is beyond it as Harare has been supplying small supplies of water due to challenges of its own.
A resident complaining about the water predicament said Norton has been using the same water pipe installed in 1946 to access water from Harare and has not changed it as previously recommended.
“That water is not pumped, it just flows using gradient and has no pressure. Council was told in 1998 to install a booster pump but up to now they have not done that”, he said.
The issue of water has been worsened by the drought experienced whilst general service delivery has been impacted by the macro-economic challenges faced by the country.