The Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA) has castigated Thokozani Khupe’s MDC-T for crippling service delivery through unwarranted recalls of Councilors.
The organisation said the “escalating battle of political control” which has led to a “wave of recalls is crippling service delivery and political representation”.
Leadership Vacuums Created
“The recalls come at a time when Council has closed more than thirty clinics with a massive job action looming next week among the health personnel in the local authority.
“The new wave of recalls has created leadership vacuum at community level with residents pushed to the periphery of local governance.
The organisation quoted a resident who complained that ‘they (MDC-T) must explain why they are withdrawing our constitutional right to representation in council.
“So far there is no misconduct levelled against the recalled councilors to justify recalling other than political difference among themselves”, said the resident.
Opportunistic Politicians want a Commission
According to CHRA, some sections within the political arena are now insinuating that the government put a Commission to run the affairs of the City until 2023.
“Now that the Harare Council has been paralyzed, don’t you think its high time for government to deploy a commission to run Harare Council until 2023”, reads a tweet from ZANU PF Patriots.
So far 21 councilors have fallen victim to the recalls.
CHRA has since called for a National Convergence among Residents Associations and CSOs over the matter alleging it has become a nationwide issue.