Mutare residents have commended the Zanu PF National Political Commissar and Deputy Minister of Defence and War Veterans Affairs, Cde Victor Matemadanda for his visit to the Manicaland capital to address the issues of the populace on a ‘Meet the People’ exercise this Tuesday (today).

The residents had many grievances concerning poor service delivery from the city fathers, illegal ratings of bond coins against notes, pegging a 30 percent charge as well as an additional charge of 25 to 35 percent for one to access cash from EcoCash accounts.

Cde Matemadanda said there is inadequate interaction between authorities and ordinary people, resulting in growing mistrust between the two, as well as failure to attend to critical issues in the area.

“My experience is that people are very happy that the government has ushered in a new currency regime but they want money in circulation. Residents are complaining about service delivery, with vendors asking for proper vending places but it seems the local authority has no answer to the issue. We are going to meet with government ministries, that include the Ministry of Local Government, to deal with service delivery issues by local authorities and town councils,” he said.

The Zanu PF National Political Commissar toured Mutare central business district, Mutare General Hospital, Sakubva market place and the main bus terminus where the residents thanked the government for introducing Zupco buses but urged the authorities to increase the fleet to effectively cater for residents.