Chitungwiza residents have called on the resuscitation team to justify its appointment through the improvement of service delivery as it has virtually collapsed in the satellite town.
When government set up a resuscitation team for Chitungwiza municipality on the 26th of January this year, the residents expected service delivery to improve rapidly as they had not been receiving services commensurate with the amount of money they were parting with monthly.
However, almost two months down the line, the residents are still waiting for the city fathers to turn around the town.
Residents who spoke to ZBC News say the critical issue of water with the city of Harare has to be addressed urgently as the erratic water supplies expose them to diseases such as cholera and typhoid.
The residents said: â€œWe are saying the team appointed by government should demonstrate that it is doing their mandate, we have no water, and refuse is not being collected so we lose confidence if these issues are not addressed.â€
While acknowledging the commitment by the team to fight against corruption that had taken root at the municipality, the residents say they are still concerned that the appointed team has not yet put in place a strategic plan to revive service delivery.
â€œWe need a strategic plan that should address service delivery challenges. Workers should be paid on time so that they are motivated to work hard, that is what we expect,â€ they added.
A resuscitation team headed by Manicaland Provincial Administrator, Mr. Fungai Mbetsa, is currently helping restructure systems at the council after a collapse of service delivery.
The team has since been accused of looting by taking home very hefty salaries as high as US$15 000 whilst service delivery continues to suffer.
However, efforts to get a comment from Mr. Mbetsa on what measures they are putting in place to address service delivery challenges were fruitless as he was not in his office.
His mobile phone went unanswered.