Ignorance Accounts for Urban Chaos in Zimbabwe
The revelation by Harare mayor Councillor Bernard Manyenyeni that the majority of councillors responsible for running the capital city are functionally illiterate, certainly explains why the city is in its current deplorable state. Uncollected refuse, unlit streets, erratic or non-existent water supplies, bushes along road verges and potholes are the order of the day for residents who are unfailingly presented with high bills at the beginning of each month.
From media reports, it is clear that the situation is the same in all local authorities across the country as the majority of cities and towns are bedevilled by similar problems centred around failure to deliver key services. How can we expect all these problems to be solved by people who may not be able to decipher a spread sheet or project proposal?