Harare residents say they are saddened by the death of Deputy Mayor and Ward 14 Kambuzuma Councilor Thomas Muzuva (43)who passed on Wednesday.
Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA) chairperson Simbarashe Moyo described the death of Muzuva as a great loss to the city. “Councillor Thomas Muzuva was a leader par excellence who had an open door policy. He is greatly remembered for his role in fighting bogus-partisan housing cooperatives particularly those that used senior government and ZANU PF officials in championing their illegal cause. Muzuva is also remembered for the role he played in our social accountability and citizen engagement program by agreeing to meet the residents of Harare on a monthly basis together with his boss, Mayor Ben Manyenyeni, and will be sadly missed,” Moyo told Talking Harare.
“We are saddened by the loss of Councilor Thomas Muzuva. The Harare Residents Trust (HRT) will forever remember its robust engagements on matters of policy and service delivery with the late Deputy Mayor,” said a statement released by the residents lobby group, HRT.
Kambuzuva Residents Associatio leader Davies Hove said Muzuva was an approachable leader who worked hard to develop his ward. “Councilor Muzuva was hardworking, he worked well with people, created jobs for many residents in Kambuzuma and he was very approachable irrespective of one’s background or status in society. In Kambuzuma, he facilitated the drilling of eight boreholes to ease perennial water shortages in the suburb. He also lobbied for the introduction of the 10% retention fund which has already started yielding fruits. We will dearly miss him,” said Hove.
Harare Mayor Benard Manyenyeni described Muzuva as “… a principled, objective and highly dependable leader who worked hard for the development of the city. His intimate knowledge of council operations helped shape the course of debates at council meetings and beyond.”
The late Deputy Mayor once told Talking Harare in February that council needed not to be heavy- handed when dealing with residents. “We need to balance the act and recognize residents as key stakeholders in the development of the city. There should be ways of ensuring residents do business but not in a way that expose the city to disease outbreaks,” he said in reference to city’s proposals to bar residence from engaging in backyard chicken – rearing projects.
Burial arrangements were not yet made public by the time of getting to print.
The death of Muzuva come exactly two months after Mabelreign Ward 16 councilor Lancelot Mudavanhu passed on in July.