ZANU PF has caught the MDC-T flat footed by anchoring its election campaign on fighting against high-level corruption especially perpetrated by the MDC-T.
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This came at a time when the MDC-T has dismissed councillors on allegations of corruption in Harare, Kwekwe, Zvishavane, Gweru and Gwanda.
Observers said the Zanu PF move to campaign against high level corruption was meant to decampaign the MDC-T.
According to resolutions passed at the just-ended 13th Zanu PF national people’s conference in Gweru, the party cited high-level corruption cases that had led the MDC-T to fire scores of councillors in local authorities that the party controlled across the country.
Part of the resolutions read: “Appalled by the rampant corruption in urban councils that are under the control of MDC formations across the country and which have resulted in abominable service delivery, particularly in areas such as education, health, water, power and urban roads that have led to periodic outbreaks of cholera, typhoid and all manner of water borne diseases.
“The conference therefore resolves to: ‘Exhort the party to restore full service delivery after the elections and urges the party to ensure that the government through the responsible ministry and government departments, attends to the construction of roads in rural and urban areas.”
But MDC-T spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora rubbished Zanu PF and accused the party of running down most local authorities during its tenure.
“The most corrupt people are the Zanu ministers who have protected corrupt councillors. We dealt with (MDC-T) councillors in Chitungwiza, but (Local Government minister Ignatius) Chombo has shielded them. The MDC is the only party that has dealt decisively with corrupt councillors. If they want to use that then we will have answers for them,” Mwonzora said.
Both Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and President Robert Mugabe have strongly denounced corruption with the MDC-T leader accusing corrupt councillors of soiling his party’s image.