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Worst city to live in set to twin with Chicago

by Ndou Paul
03 Sep 2011 at 05:04hrs | Views
Harare is set to twin with Chicago City, the capital of Illinois in the United States as part of the capital's efforts to strengthen relations with the outside world.

A sister relationship with Kazan City of Russia has already been approved by the full council with benefits of the relationship still to accrue.

Recently, Harare revived its relations with Cincinnati, the capital of Ohio State in the US.

Harare has twin relations with several other world cities that include Munich of Germany, Moscow of Russia and is establishing a sister arrangement with Guazhong of China.

Mayor Muchadeyi Masunda revealed during a full council meeting on Tuesday that he was travelling to Chicago with Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai to sign a twin sister agreement with Chicago.

He said Mr Tsvangirai was invited to attend a trade and cultural expo in Chicago that coincides with the signing ceremony.

Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara established the link between Harare and Chicago when he held talks with Chicago mayor Richard Daley over the possibility of establishing the twinning arrangement.

Chicago is President Barack Obama's hometown.

DPM Mutambara was in the US in April last year to promote Zimbabwe as an investment centre and to initiate the twinning arrangement.

Recently, a top research group on Thursday rated Harare as the worst of 140 world cities in which to live.

The British-based Economist Intelligence Unit said its researchers excluded cities in Libya, Iraq and other war zones.

Harare, where power and water outages occur daily, scored a 38 percent "livability rating," the group said.

The group said the threat of civil unrest and the availability of public health care and public transport in Harare were intolerable. Energy and water supplies were undesirable, it said, calling phones and Internet services uncomfortable.

Source - Byo24News