HARARE – As City of Harare councillors say goodbye to council, most of them, I am sure would have wished they stayed a little bit longer to enjoy deliberations at Town House which usually turned comic.
With councillors being constantly accused of failing to provide the best standard service to communities, from water shortages, uncollected garbage and potholed roads, they could only use humour to thwart such accusations that seemed to hold truth.
The comic scenes were witnessed during City of Harare’s monthly full council meetings in which the mayor, Muchadeyi Masunda met 46 councillors to discuss council business.
Most of the deliberations were punctured by humour as councillors teased the mayor, as the City’s Father.
“I was hoping that the mayor was going to say the circumcised than the uncircumcised truth that he has said,” stated Wellington Chikombo a youthful, bragging councillor who loved to use long winded English words when making contributions during council meeting.
In the past year, when I covered council news, I was thrust into the council chamber busts which produced some “world class satirical” characters.
The councillors drive council business — they debate and deliberate and they are the ones who okay budgets and projects for implementation.
So once every month councillors sit to discuss matters that revolve around thorny issues to do with service delivery. They also look at the city’s projects, council job appointments and joint ventures.
The last MDC-dominated council was accused by pressure groups for failing to provide adequate portable water as well as waste.
Peter Moyo, a councillor who was so much in love with vernacular proverbs once shot at Masunda: “Ini ndakachena semukaka unoraramisa vacheche, ehe vhetai kana muchida. Chatisingadi ndechekuti vanhu vafambe vachiti honai chikanzuru chenyu chamakavhotera. Zvesure maelection avakutosvika aya without the implementation of maresolutions gumi nefararira atakapasisa muno.
“Chakonesa murume uyo anorikungonyaranyara akagara paside pamayor. Tanzwa nekungonyeperwa muno. Nhasi ngaatiudze kuti zvatapasisa pano zvinenge zvaitwa by such a date, kana pasina oenda hakezve kumba poiswa munhu ?unoshanda.”
Ageing Joyce Kariwo is another character that made the council gatherings explode with her funny comments.
She also had the guts to dare Masunda’s decision to bar other languages except English and stubbornly stuck to the language she knew best — Shona.
“Aewa mayor handinyarare and haina kupasa resolution iyoyi, izvozvo hazviitike kusvika nyaya yadzokera kucommittee. Nyaya irikutaurwa yemacooperative iyi ndeye kuward kwangu, pane chitsotsi chirikuitika.”
During one of council meetings, Kariwo had a dig at journalists. “Mayor majournalist avo vakagarira kupedza chikafu chedu vachida kutakurwa nemota dzedu isusu tozotambura kuenda kudzimba dzedu,” she said in midst of a serious council debate.
Town Clerk Tendai Mahachi got the most battering for not implementing council resolutions. And Mahachi shyly smiled as the councillors cum actors constantly roasted him.
Friday Muleya once gave Mahachi a rude awakening: “The problem we have is that you, your worship munogara kune dzirimumakomo kumafuro manyoro, haa zvese ikoko zviri right maroads, marara anotakurwa nenguva, drainage system yenyu its working.
“But we are representing people who are staying kumalocation kunemafish ponds muroad and drainage is so poor that a child has already been lost to that.
“Imbopindaiwo mukati umu musangane nevanhu munozoona kuti