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Mayor Ferreira says it's not time to shave yet. [File photo: Noticias]
João Ferreira, mayor of Chimoio, who has vowed not to trim his beard until the city is clean again, says that the time has not yet come to fulfil his promise.
Celebrating the city’s foundation day on Wednesday (July 17), he explained: “I am 1.70 metre tall, and my beard now hangs 25 cm from the top of my head. So we still have time to get the city clean… ”
Chimoio – ‘Little Heart’ in Shitewe – commemorated 50 years of its elevation to city status this week, while the President of the Municipal Council promised at his inauguration five months ago not to shave until he had won for it the title of cleanest city in Mozambique.
Despite the fact that there are already significant improvements in the city, Mayor Ferreira feels that the time has not yet come to trim his beard, because he believes that more can be done.
Chimoio’s 50th anniversary commemorations were marked by the deposition of a wreath in Heroes Square, the opening of a rehabilitated and expanded mortuary in Chimoio Provincial Hospital works, and a concert featuring Mozambican and Zimbabwean musicians.