By Tanyaradzwa Timbatimba
Glen Norah Ward 28 Councillor , Runyowa Chihoma is an activist who once supported ZANU PF and later changed his party when MDC was established.
“I supported ZANU from 1978 during the struggle but I never joined it as an activist till, they introduced ESAP which I did not support, from that I was watching the situation until the formation of MDC that’s when I shifted my attention and became an activist in the MDC up to now,” he said.
“I joined politics and competed in the elections because I felt that Zimbabweans are not free, there is misrule and I wanted to serve the community in good faith” he added.
Since the time he was elected as a legislator his main vision is to improve service delivery in the community which he is trying to do by creating development committees which advise him.
These mainly focus on the development of the community dealing in issues such as infrastructure and also buildings in the community.
The legislator regularly meets the residents from time to time addressing their grievances which they are facing in the community
“I have introduced and created a development committee which helps me in developing the community which I’m a legislator and also I meet the residence from time to time so that they can report their grievances which they have,” said the legislator
“My wish and my view when I participated in the election is that all the residents get good service which they lacked in the past.
“These services include garbage collection, improving roads, clinic, schools and the environment as a whole of the community,” said Chihoma.
From the time Chihoma was elected, he has been doing some community projects to improve his community.
“When I was elected all boreholes in my ward were down, now they are 6 which all function.
“I did Takaruza road which was resurfaced and I put some gravel roads and also at Chitubu Shops.
I have managed to find a site for sports in my Ward. When I was elected there was Chitubu clinic which was half done and since then I have managed to push the clinic and is now about to be completed.
However Chihoma says his vision to develop the community is being affected by the economy which is not functioning well.
“The economy has affected the City of Harare finances which is the main stakeholder which helps me achieve my main goals.
“Currently I’m trying to find some donors and partners who can assist me financially to solve these problems.
Before, he got into politics Chihoma did his O level in 1987 and also worked in the clothing industry as a machine operator , supervisor, and quality controller but at the moment he is doing community development study which he thinks can help the community in a positive way.