years in council
to be attended by Adolf Gusha, the veteran municipal manager who served the
city in different capacities for a combined 32 years, the last 15 of them as
be asked to adjudicate in a trivial yet serious partisan dispute pitting Zanu
PF councillors Sengarai Manyanga and Wellington Mahwende on one side and MDC
councillors Godfrey Kurauone and Daniel Mberikunashe on the other.
Gusha said in jest as tempers flared among the antagonists.
remove the ‘ED scarf’ which he wore – arguably against the dress code of the
gathering. Manyanga grudgingly took off the scarf at last, but not before
delaying the meeting for about 40 minutes.
to leave council at the end of August 2018, but for unclear reasons, he stayed
on until now.
University of Zimbabwe (UZ) in 1982, Gusha got his first job at the then
Shurugwi District Council (now called Tongogara Rural District Council) in 1983
and served for three years until 1986.
office in Gweru where he worked for one year before moving to Masvingo to take
the post of deputy director of Housing and Community Services on August 01,
1987 at the age of 29.
served as deputy town clerk under Tsunga Morris Mhangami, the municipality’s
first black town clerk.
all non-chief executive functions of the town clerk were transferred there. The
vacancy was then advertised and Gusha applied and got the job against
competition from many other candidates.
by virtue of being chamber secretary. The following year, the vacancy to find a
substantive town clerk was then advertised and Gusha applied and got the job,
becoming the second town clerk after independence.
Catholic-run St Mary’s Primary School near Mukaro Mission in Gutu where his
father was headmaster. He then went to Cheninga Primary School for his grade
six and Bondolfi Mission for his grade seven.
proceeding to Goromonzi High School for his ‘A’ levels from 1977-1978. His
classmates at Goromonzi include prominent Harare-based gastroenterologist
Professor Innocent Gangaidzo and Kadoma-based veterinary surgeon Dr Sylvester
privilege to work with many wonderful councillors, council managers and
ordinary staff members who all had the best interests of Masvingo at heart. I
came when Mayor Zawaira was handing over to Mayor Muzvidziwa, and they were all
wonderful people who did a lot for this city,” said Gusha in an interview.
predecessor Mhangami whom he said played a central role in laying the
foundations for an accountable leadership at council.
Mhangami nurtured me and provided the leadership that has made us one of the
most transparent and accountable local authorities in the country,” said Gusha.
treasurer Charles Majange (Majange shopping centre derives its name from the Majange
family’s pioneering businesses there) and former town engineer Finikias Rugara
whom he said will forever be remembered for the roles they played in expanding
the urban area.
with the municipality were the building of schools, building of new suburbs and
expansion of existing ones.
school but it now has six primary schools, many of them built with Gusha’s
council, according to Gusha, had always wanted to focus only on primary schools
and let other players build secondary schools.
primary schools whose standards in terms of facilities, enrollment and pass
rates are quite remarkable.
part not as active players but as facilitators. We noticed that there were
authorities who could build and run secondary schools better than us. To that end, we have since resolved that a
secondary school which will be built in Rujeko should be church-run. The land
is there and processes are being worked on. That, however, will definitely not be
enough as more land needs to be identified for more secondary schools,” said
Runyararo, which are both serving hundreds of people every week.
1987, and the actual building of houses in what is now known as Rujeko A only
began around 1989 when Gusha was already the deputy housing director. Target
Kopje, Zimre Park, Rhodene Extension, Runyararo West, ZBS and much of the newer
Mucheke suburbs are all a result of the post-independence council leadership in
which Gusha’s input was paramount.
finding that there were only 32 000 people in Masvingo but we now put our
estimates at 132 000. That was a phenomenal growth which came about as a result
of committed leadership by the many mayors I served under, the many
councillors, managers and ordinary council employees,” said Gusha.
implementation of the Water Augmentation Phase 1 which involved expanding the
water works at Bushmead to increase pumping capacity from 26 – 30 mega-litres
per day beginning in 2004.
have a shortfall of 18 mega-litres,” said Gusha.
residents are to enjoy uninterrupted supplies.
suit which saw former council employees attach all council vehicles in 2011
could have been handled in a better manner.
them two million dollars, and by then it was still US dollars, but they
rejected the offer. They had scented victory so they turned down every other
better alternative to resolve the dispute,” said Gusha.
Sewer was a painful sight but added that he hoped council will be able to
complete the project.
disputes have stalled it for six years now, with the deep trenches that were dug
now becoming a threat to both humans and
veld, and are being vandalised in a clear case of administrative bungling which
is costing the ratepayer millions of dollars.
although the contractor was paid millions of dollars upfront, but only to halt
work on the project midway.
maladministration as factors that botched the noble project.
us the money needed for the supplementary budget so that we can finish the
project but they have since backtracked due to the inflationary economic
outlook which is not friendly to lenders,” said Gusha.
complete the Mucheke trunk sewer project.
problematic dumpsite between Runyararo West and Victoria Ranch is still yet to
be relocated to a more suitable place.
landfill but government later notified us that the land had been allocated to
somebody else who wanted to use it for something different. So we went back to
square one,” said Gusha.
recent full council meeting that the Ministry of Local Government admonished
the council leadership being lax and for lacking seriousness in pushing for the
expeditious facilitation of its projects, including the relocation of the
2019, it is clear that Gusha has not been able to solve the dumpsite problem in
the manner he resolved the scarf problem which nearly derailed his last full