Mutare wins Multi-city Challenge Africa Competition

By ZBC Reporter

MUTARE has raised the Zimbabwean flag high after scooping two awards in the Multi-City Challenge Africa, beating cities like Accra, Kano and Kampala in a competition meant to come up with solutions for challenges affecting local authorities.

It is not a secret that local authorities have disappointed ratepayers by failing to provide quality service, with corruption crippling operations in urban areas.

Corrupt and under performing local authorities are, however, not peculiar to Zimbabwe, with most African countries grappling with the same ordeal.
This is the main reason why the Multi-City Challenge has been introduced for local authorities with the help of residents to come up with proposals of innovative solutions to deal with issues such as proper waste management and infrastructure development.

21 year old Petronella Mabika, a student at the University of Zimbabwe and Tererai Maposa, a Projects Director at LADS Africa came up with winning proposals that saw the City of Mutare scooping the awards.

My proposal is based on how to deal with high levels of rains to avoid flooding. Because of the negative impact of flooding on the environment, people and infrastructure its best to find ways on how to deal with flooding. Therefore conserving wetlands is the best way to deal with flooding,said Mabika.

The mobile app we proposed for Mutare City allows nomadic vendors to capture each transaction which will be geo referenced so that we do some data manning to come up with intelligence that informs the council where to install markets for a particular type of vendors,added Tererai.

Mutare City Council Acting Town Clerk, Dr Antony Mutara said the Multi-City Challenge was a learning curve for the local authority.

Our next step is to come up with an implementation matrix because good ideas should not remain on the shelf but we should implement them. Now that the ideas have been validated that they work the only remaining thing is to implement them,he said.

The virtual award ceremony was held this Monday with the other contesting cities being Kampala of Uganda, Accra Ghana, Bahir Dar Ethiopia and Kano Nigeria.

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