MDC Alliance’s Norton Councilors have accused the constituency legislator Temba Mliswa of unwarranted attacks against them in a move likely to further deepen the divide in the town’s leadership hierarchy.
The Councilors recently came up against Mliswa during a heated Zimbabwe Coalition on Debt and Development (ZIMCODD) constituency meeting in Kingsdale.
Speaking during the meeting Mliswa said Council had failed the town by siding with land barons at the expense of the citizens.
“My role is only three things, making laws, having oversight over the government and then representation which is at the national level. I’m not even allowed to talk specifically about Norton in Parliament“.
“Zvekuzobata maoko hazvipo pabasa pangu hunhuwo hwangu”, he said.
Mliswa said the service delivery issues were the mandate of Norton Council and he had no desire to play the role of the Councilor.
“Currently the country has no power because government failed to plan ahead. It’s a disease that i see everywhere even in Council here they operate with no timeframe.”
“Many things said here have no timeframe and next meeting they will be saying we shall do it until 5 years has passed”.
“People need information that is accurate and reliable, right now Nortonians no longer trust the Council because it is failing”, he said.
However Norton Councilors disputed Mliswa’s statements alleging that they were not to blame.
Ward 6 Councilor Mufahore said Mliswa was attacking them.
“Do not attack us with such baseless accusations. We are not to blame for the failure of those (service delivery) issues”, she said.
Council Chairman Gumisirai said they were an open Council who had a track record of how they were operating.
“We have minutes of the Full Council meetings that we have at the end of each month and anyone can go and see what is happening”.
“In Knowe the developer, Eddies Pfugari told us to move out because its private land. Some of the issues stated about land barons in Maridale and Mashlands as Council we did our part.”
“We gave the barons specific orders on what they have to do and we can’t do much more because that is private property”, he added.
Norton has struggled in the country’s acute economic environment with constant water challenges, poor service delivery, land baron scandals and constant allegations of corruption at Town Council.
Mliswa and the Councilors have struggled to work together with the former accusing them of dereliction of duty and cheap politicking at the expense of development.
On the other hand the Councilors and Town Management have expressed exceptions at Mliswa’s buccaneering approach to town business.