Chiredzi residents have challenged the newly sworn in councillors to shun corruption and work towards improving service delivery.

Despite the Chiredzi Town Council being owed more than $10 million by ratepayers, residents have vowed to support the council if they work towards improving the quality of service.

This came out at a stakeholder consultative meeting where residents accused the previous council of failure to prioritise the clearing of 8 months salary arrears for council employees, failure to service newly allocated residential stands and undertake road rehabilitation works.

“Engagement remains key in ensuring residents pay their rates in time to enable the town council to conduct its business,” said Chiredzi Town Council Chairperson, Gibson Hwende.

“$10 million is a lot of money which can solve a number of issues faced by the council so we realised that it is important to engage these ratepayers that they honour their payment plans. Going forward, we have promised to involve them in all critical decisions that the council will be undertaking,” Hwende added.

Chiredzi is faced with a number of challenges, chief among them water shortages, poor sewer and drainage systems and the onus is now upon the newly elected council to address these challenges.