Chitungwiza Community Development Network (CCDN) has urged Chitungwiza residents to approach the courts if their local authority continues to waste time in providing improved social service.
Speaking during the launch of a report on the benchmarks of citizen engagement which was co-hosted by CCDN and the Chitungwiza Press Club, CCDN Coordinator Eddington Shayanowako encouraged young people to approach the courts and demand the full provision of their social services for example the right to access to safe and clean portable water from their local authority.
“The rights listed in the declaration of rights are constitutional rights and therefore legally protected and you must take your local authority to the courts if your rights to access to social services for example access to portable water are to be fully realised,” said Shayanowako.
Chitungwiza Residents Trust director, Marvellous Kumalo expressed gratitude at the research report produced by CCDN saying residents in Chitungwiza will soon sit down and strategies on how to use the report on its advocacy work.
“The benchmark on citizen engagement report produced by CCDN is very informative and an eye opener and now we have clear understanding of what is needed to be done by us as a residents association” said Kumalo.
Some residents who attended the dialogue meeting also thanked CCDN for engaging and help them with relevant pertinent resident engagement information.
“We thank CCDN for conveying such critical knowledge to us, we now know we can take them (council) to court so they can deliver what they are supposed to deliver,” Arthur from Zengeza 2 emphasized.
The meeting was attended by more than 50 people. The director for Youth Advocacy for Research and Democracy Themba Mliswa, MDC-T Chitungwiza provincial chair Jabulani Mutinzi, Zimbabwe People First representative Nyasha Nhau and Chitungwiza Residents Trust director Marvellous Kumalo also attended the meeting as a discussant.