Police have cleared today’s demonstration by the Norton Residents’ Development Trust against poor service delivery by the local authority.
The residents are accusing the town council of stifling development projects, defying ministerial directives and blocking construction of a mortuary at Norton District Hospital. The residents want Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere to intervene and help address some of their grievances.
This is not the first time Norton residents have protested against the local authority, accusing councillors of pursuing their own interests at the expense of service delivery. In December 2014, residents grilled the councillors for awarding themselves hefty travel allowances at a time council employees had gone for several months without salaries. Council chairperson, Precious Mufahove, confirmed then that councillors were receiving $1 500 each for a single trip, but blamed residents for failing to pay rates, resulting in cashflow problems.
Norton is a Town located in Mashonaland West Province in Zimbabwe. It is located about 44.5km west of the Zimbabwean capital, Harare. It is surrounded by farms and forest plantations. It is also home to the Darwin-dale Dam. Read More About Norton
Saviour Kasukuwere is a politician, businessman and farmer. He is the former Minister of Local Government, Rural Development and National Housing and former Zanu- PF national political commissar. Saviour Kasukuwere was expelled from Parliament as the (Mount Darwin South) legislator in November 2017. Read More About Saviour Kasukuwere