The MDC Alliance says the ZANU PF-led central government has handicapped local authorities from being able to discharge their duties.
Residents in almost all urban areas have bemoaned poor service delivery for many years, with the MDC dominating most of those municipalities.
MDC deputy secretary for local government, Clifford Hlatshwayo, accused the central government of interfering in the affairs of local authorities. He said:
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These challenges are manufactured by Zanu PF, a de facto government that controls the central government.
Its interference is all over in our local authorities, but our mayors and councillors are trying to deliver smart services.
Our councils did their budgets using the 1:1 rate of the Zimdollar against the United States dollar and now [Finance minister Mthuli] Ncube introduced something different from what was planned.
This has hampered service delivery. That has affected councils and residents who can’t even pay rates now.
This economic challenge is affecting everyone and people can’t even pay rents.