The Chairperson of the Health, Housing and Education committee, Councillor Lilian Mlilo has said the City of Bulawayo will continue to partner with progressive organisations for the development and betterment of Bulawayo.
She said this at the Commissioning ceremony of the Iminyela and Mabutweni community toilets. The toilets commissioned on Thursday, 11 November 2017 were constructed in a partnership of various organisations which included City of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Homeless People’s Federation, Dialogue on Shelter, National University of Science and Technology and residents of Iminyela and Mabuthweni.
“This partnership with Zimbabwe Homeless People’s Federation, Dialogue on Shelter, National University of Science and Technology and the residents of Iminyela and Mabuthweni is a testimony of the results of good partnerships,” said Cllr Mlilo.
She highlighted that a Memorandum of Understanding had been signed with these partners in 2015 and the Commissioning was a reflection of grassroots development and infrastructure development as two hundred and seventy nine toilets had been constructed with some in the process of finalisation.
She added that the project not only sought to provide good sanitation facilities but achieved this through empowering the residents of Iminyela and Mabuthweni.
“This was in recognition that we need to eliminate the donor syndrome in our communities and work towards achieving our intended aims and goals,” said Cllr Mlilo.
Speaking at the same function, Julia Mpofu, a representative from Zimbabwe Homeless People’s Federation said they were happy as the project was proving to be a success. She added that they had managed to train residents to assist in collecting the loans so that they assist others in repaying them.
She noted that since the disbursement of funds in 2015, they had not had any troubles with the project beneficiaries and urged those who had not yet paid back the loans to do so to enable other people to also benefit.
“We want everyone to benefit from this as we are all aware of the rising global urban challenges and we hope that all set goals for the project will be met. This commissioning has given us hope that as we move to a possibly second phase more people will come and register,” said Mpofu.