President Emmerson Mnangagwa has appointed an inter-ministerial team led by Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga to take over service delivery in local authorities run by the opposition MDC.
Mnangagwa asserted that the MDC-run councils have failed to deliver on their mandate, hence the establishment of the task force to ensure the provision of services to the people. He said:
They (MDC councillors) have the duty to provide services to the people, but because we have seen that they have failed, this is why under the second republic we have now instituted an inter-ministerial task force headed by the Vice-President to deal… overriding the authority of these councils so that we can provide our people with the services which these authorities have failed to provide.
Most urban councils are controlled by the MDC Alliance led by Nelson Chamisa and they have dismally failed to provide key services for residents such as water, refuse collection and proper disposal of sewage.
However, MDC Alliance secretary for local government Sesel Zvidzai blamed the central government for the rot in local authorities. He said:
Councils need a functioning economy and the central government must stop interfering with the employment processes of officials so that councils can employ on merit.
Most of the problems were caused by the Zanu PF regime and there is no local authority that can function in an economy that is not functioning.
As long as they do not rejig the economy, Chiwenga and his team are bound to fail.