An Editorial in the Herald of Wednesday 9 October has suggested that the opposition MDC led by advocate Nelson Chamisa might be interfering with the affairs of Harare City Council.
This comes amid reports of nepotism and politics of patronage at the local government authority. Part of the article reads:
The allegations that City of Harare councillors could be setting up their relatives for jobs in various departments, leaving a trail of similar names in the municipality’s employment books, is worrying and should be nipped in the bud.
With over 100 council workers sharing names with the opposition Movement for Democratic Change-Alliance (MDC-A) top officials and councillors, indications are that Harvest House may be interfering in the running of the city at the expense of service delivery.
The subnational government’s failure to execute its duties and responsibilities has been manifest in the unpredictable provision of (dirty) water and occasional garbage collection.
The City fathers attribute the failure to the inadequacy of resources needed for effective service delivery. They say that ratepayers and the central government, in that order, have not been forthcoming as far as paying their bills and disbursing constitutionally stipulated funds is concerned.
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