By Edgar Gweshe
The name Sunshine City came after Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare built a reputation of clean streets as a result of effective service delivery.
Today, the name Sunshine City seems more of a mockery given the sorry state of affairs in Harare.
The sunshine has definitely gone away.
During the days of the Sunshine City, it was unimaginable that open defection could be the order of the day in Harare. But in as much as this was unimaginable, it’s now the norm due to erratic water supplies.
Here is what now characterize the state of affairs in the so called Sunshine City- erratic water supplies, constant sewer bursts, uncollected garbage, water borne diseases.
This is a city where you are warned to drink tape water at your own risk.
The fire department has no capacity to respond to infernos.
Corruption reigns high at the local authority which has largely been turned into a looting platform by bigwigs.
Land invasions continue to rise despite existing laws on housing developments. Illegal structures are sprouting due to land invasions for commercial and residential purposes
One would be justified to conclude that Vision 2025 of attaining a World Class city status is a far fetched/pipe dream given that Harare now resembles everything that is deplorable.
A visit to the Chambers which houses councilors during full council meetings will leave you doubting whether we still have the capacity to return to the Sunshine Days.
The seat for the Mayor might have not been suitable for a security guard during the days of the Sunshine City. Not to talk of the chairs for councilors.
The carpet on the floor is torn and dusty as a result of years of neglect.
The chambers will leave you hopeless in as far as returning to the Sunshine days is concerned.
The sunshine is gone for good?
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