THE opposition MDC-T’s Harare provincial leadership has directed the capital city’s local authority to engage residents and stop unleashing debt collectors on those owing it, arguing this could tarnish the image of the party.
BY MUNESU NYAKUDYA
Provincial chairperson, Eric Murayi told NewsDay in an interview yesterday that the party’s leadership held a meeting with councillors following concerns from residents.
“Harare province is, therefore, directing the mayor, Bernard Manyenyeni, to stop the action and instead institute investigations to find out why this had been allowed to happen.
“Not that the party is against people paying rates, but the way it is being done indicates a hidden agenda likely orchestrated by Zanu PF to pretend as if the ruling party has people’s needs at heart when we all know it’s politicking,” he said.
Murayi described the demolition of “illegal” houses in the capital as a case in point, adding the MDC-T “cannot fold its hands, while politicians toy with people’s emotions”.
“MDC-T Harare province cannot continue to watch while its name is continuously being soiled by a regime that has perfected the art of cheating, deceit and thievery after it failed to provide the 2,2 million jobs promised during the 2013 election campaign,” he said.
Murayi said Harare needed to adopt dialogue to find solutions to its problems with residents.
“If it is an excuse by the central government to tarnish the image of the MDC-T-led council so as to give [Local Government minister Saviour] Kasukuwere the pretext to fire the councillors and establish a commission, we are keenly following the developments and, as a party, we will not take anything lying down. Once bitten, twice shy, we will not allow it to happen again. People are suffering and there is no need to add more misery on them,” he said.