MUTARE – Firebrand Manicaland Provincial Affairs minister Mandi Chimene yesterday told district council leaders in the province to improve their work performance or risk being fired.
Addressing district administrators, council chairpersons and chief executive officers in a no-holds-barred meeting held in the boardroom at her offices, Chimene expressed grave concern over the increasing failure by the office holders to expeditiously execute their duties.
Heads from Mutare, Chimanimani, Nyanga, Makoni, Buhera, Chipinge and Mutasa rural districts councils attended the meeting.
“For the short time I have been in the office, I have already seen a lot of rot. There is massive corruption going on within the councils,” Chimene said.
She said her first mandate would be fighting corruption within the councils.
“I know there is a lot of corruption going on within the councils. I am aware that there are a lot of stand deals going on and I want to warn those involved in the illicit sale of stands to stop now.
“I know how I will do my investigations. I have been a very senior CIO for a very long time and I know how to deal with this issue. I want to warn the council leaders who have more than two stands to surrender the rest now before I come there,” she said in no uncertain terms.
“I know that you council leaders are enjoying money through illicit deals and you have numerous stands. Who are you to have more stands? This land belongs to the nation and the nation is the people.”
Chimene said she was prepared to work with professional people committed to their duty.
“Most of you do not work at all. You spend most of your time at girlfriends and using government vehicles to drive to them (girlfriends). Now, this time I am now there in the office everything has changed,” she said.
“I was sent by President Robert Mugabe to implement ZimAsset. So do you want me to let down the President? If you do not want to work with me to improve the lives of our people and implement ZimAsset, therefore, you should resign first before I fire you. I want every operation within the councils to be transparent.”
She emphasized that the council leaders whether MDC-T or Zanu PF should work for the betterment of the people.