Zanu PF vows to descend on MDC-T councils

Zanu PF national political commissar has warned that the ruling party is planning a massive onslaught targeting MDC-T-dominated councils over poor service delivery.

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Kasukuwere issued the warning last week, blaming the main opposition-led councils of providing shoddy services.

“Frank discussion on urban matters is going to be core in addressing the malaise. It can’t be business as usual, the time has come,” Kasukuwere, who is also Environment, Water and Climate minister, said on micro blogging site Twitter.

“Zanu PF will now have to start addressing urban challenges head on. Service delivery and incompetence of local authorities concerned,” he added.

But Harare mayor Bernard Manyenyeni hit back, saying it was wrong for Kasukuwere to solely blame local authorities for failing to deliver.

“It is the whole country that is failing and urban councils are part of that. Targeting urban councils as if we are the only ones failing is not correct. The whole country is on its knees and on our part, we are trying our best under difficult conditions,” Manyenyeni said.

Several local authorities have been hit by severe cash flow problems which have sparked worker unrest resulting in poor service delivery. They have also been inundated by an influx of street vendors, mostly sponsored by the ruling party causing mayhem in the city centres.

Meanwhile, Kasukuwere last Friday warned vendors to stop littering and selling their wares in front of conventional shops.

Speaking at the Grean Concert night in Harare, Kasukuwere said although he was not against vending, he did not support “careless vending currently experienced in Harare”.

“We don’t want to see people vending in front of shops and on the pavements outside shops such as OK Zimbabwe or Pick and Pay. We don’t want chaos in our city. People must vend at designated places and not throw litter anywhere,” he said.

Vending has become a livelihood for millions of Zimbabweans who are now jobless due to the continued economic collapse.

Due to government’s failure to create meaningful jobs, almost all city streets are littered with vendors and in most cases, they block free flow of traffic and sell in front of large retail shops.

Kasukuwere also rapped housing co-operatives that were building homes at undesignated sites including on wetlands.

15 Comments

  1. Chen Chikezha

    Start descending at No. 1 Chancellor Av Kasukuwere, as this is were the problems start and end.

  2. Zanu pf must first sort out corruption first in their before attacking mdc cls.

  3. Look at Uzumba-Maramba-Pfungwe, they have been voting Zanu-PF since independence. They have state of the art roads and bridges. When floods descend on their areas they cause no unpassable rivers.

  4. How much does ZANU and the State owe councils?

  5. that is all you know you people.

  6. You took away land from council, you allowed your supporters to vend anywhere in urban areas throwing litter as they want, you took away the ability of councils to function as an entity and you mismanaged the economy that no council is functioning now you want to start from the bottom instead of the rotten top. Wakwana paip savior muMinistry ya Chombo?

  7. The old man has become an albatross on our necks,and as long as he continues to lead this country,i see an escalation of our social,political and economic problems……we have mortgaged our future to a tired and semile old man

  8. ndaseka….who approved the erection of Borrowdale houses? that’s another wetland area that needs your attention Mr Kasukuwere. zvemaCoop izvi inhamo uye misika inhamo..you want to smile seeing us tiine zvindiro begging by the sides of the roads.. ndoZim situation yacho.

  9. sorry Borrowdale Brooke 3/4 yese iri muwetland.

  10. Shut up Kasukuwere our beloved Dr Grace Mugabe said OK with vending in towns, cities, churches, grave yards, parks, bus termini, in front of banks, shops, in government buildings…and everywhere. That is Dr Grace’s implementation of ZimAsset. Viva VENDORS. Too late to remove us!!! We are here to stay and play cat and mouse games with authorities.

  11. Nathanjo Yomo

    “We don’t want chaos in our city” – which city? Greater Mbare?. its already chaotic Saviour. maybe you never lived in Salisbury. That was orderly.

  12. Kasukuwere thinks Zimbabweans are so gullible as to forget it was the same Zanu pf government that encouraged people not to say their rates during the 2013 elections campaign resulting in severe cash flow problems for urban councils.In addition the era of poor service and delivery and obscene salaries started way back during the Zanu pf executive mayorship of the Tawengwas and Chidhawus.Instead we have politicians like Kasukuwere who perceive problems bedevilling Zimbabwe from a populist pedestrian view and not from a holistic eagle’s eye view which perceives how the whole is made up of fractions and how an ailment in one part of the country affects the other parts.In Zimbabwe I dont like piecemeal political administrators but holistic political players who do not hide behind the guise of political chicanery.Remember being patriotic does not mean being in agreement with what the government of the day says but being able to defend the citizens from government excesses.

  13. Kasukuwere thinks Zimbabweans are so gullible as to forget it was the same Zanu pf government that encouraged people not to pay their rates during the 2013 elections campaign resulting in severe cash flow problems for urban councils.In addition the era of poor service and delivery and obscene salaries started way back during the Zanu pf executive mayorship of the Tawengwas and Chidhawus.Instead we have politicians like Kasukuwere who perceive problems bedevilling Zimbabwe from a populist pedestrian view and not from a holistic eagle’s eye view which perceives how the whole is made up of fractions and how an ailment in one part of the country affects the other parts.In Zimbabwe I dont like piecemeal political administrators but holistic political players who do not hide behind the guise of political chicanery.Remember being patriotic does not mean being in agreement with what the government of the day says but being able to defend the citizens from government excesses.

  14. Local councils are subordinated to the national economy. It doesn’t work up there it will not work down the councils. Issue of non performance does not arise you bastard.

  15. First of all its mostly a golf course which by the way works better in a wetland in africa anyway.
    And brooke is fully serviced and engineered to not bother the enviroment.
    Jwete comparision yeteam inongo muka ichipa vanhu mastand chero pafree land

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