Stephen Dhliwayawo competed in the 2018 harmonised elections and won the Ward 40 post as Councilor inspired by the will to occupy a position from which he could make a difference in his community.
“I was born believing that people’s power is more important than anything else and that made me a strong believer of Josiah Tongogara during the liberation struggle as a small boy.
“Thus I became a follower of socialism and communism. I started as a class monitor when in my schooling years which shows that leadership was something which was within me,” he says.
When he came to power in 2018, Dhliwayo’s main objective was to make his ward one of the best wards in Zimbabwe by delivering good services to the people of the community who voted for him.
“In order to do this, I have been doing some work in my community which helps to improve it”.
“My main objective is that my community must be better in all of Dzivarasekwa with world-class service delivery to residents”.
“With the help of people in my community and other stakeholders in our community, recently we opened a public council school in Glaudina and we are planning to build a secondary school as well which will help raise the educational system for our residents”, he added
Despite his great vision which he has to improve the community, Dhliwayo has been facing some difficulties in achieving his objectives.
“The poor state of the economy is the main hindrance to achieve budgeted goals for our community,” said the legislator.
“Service delivery has become expensive for our residents who cannot afford to pay off their Council rates which are needed to finance the service delivery, not only does the poor economy affect the service but also some developments such as building a link road between DZ and DZ Extension,” he added
“ But we are not allowing this poor economy to affect us as we have already started seeking donors funding for such an important road network.”
Through self-help projects in which residents are trained they have managed to gravel the footpath linking DZ and Extension, construction of a waste collection centre, drilled five boreholes and the opening of Glaudina Council Primary School.
Dhliwayo says they have also managed to carry out drainage clearance operations which had not been done for the past 5 years, opened City of Harare Sub Offices and cleared dumpsites.