Harare City Councillors Demand iPads, Give Ultimatum

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Harare City Councillors have demanded iPads and given the city’s town clerk Hosiah Chisango until the end of the month to procure the iPads. The councillors are arguing that the iPads will enable them to avoid voluminous papers documents and give them access to the latest technology.

Minutes of the finance and development committee, tabled at a recent council meeting, show that councillors said the iPads were needed to avoid consumption of paper on documents as well as equip them with the latest information technology gadgets.

“It is resolved that the town clerk be tasked to ensure that councillors and relevant officials are provided with I-pads by October 31, 2018,” part of the minutes read.

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This is not the first time that councillors have made such demands, with some who were in the previous council having threatened to boycott meetings if they were not given iPads as promised.

Normally, council communications are printed and distributed, but the move has been seen as going against green economy that advocates for a paperless society and the preservation of waste.

In January this year, government ordered that Bulawayo councillors pay for the free ones they had received from council, with authorities stating that the municipality had no right to purchase the gadgets for the city fathers. Pindula/Newsday

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