President Mnangagwa has accused opposition-led urban Councils of running down cities and has advanced the creation of Ministerial working groups to deal with the problems.
Addressing the nation in the aftermath of flooding in various areas, Mnangagwa said measures need to be taken to deal with the situation.
“Going forward, boundaries marking rural and urban land must be enforced or redrawn according to relevant laws.
“The redress of this undesirable and worrisome situation is being urgently and decisively undertaken across all local authorities.
“The current urban local authorities have all failed us.”
Mnangagwa said the current excess rains received across the country have “exposed and lay bare the extent of the associated problems in unplanned urban settlements in our urban, peri-urban and growth points.”
“Henceforth, relevant ministries are being constituted into working groups that will focus on social service delivery as well as arresting the negative impact of chaotic, unplanned illegal settlements, growth points, towns and cities.
“Meanwhile, alternative spaces have to be urgently identified and developed for relocation of families with houses built on wetlands and other undesignated areas.
“The Ministry of National Housing and Social Amenities with other ministries, departments and agencies must immediately identify such areas and ascertain the quantum of affected households.”
The finger-pointing by the ZANU PF leader will not sit well with the opposition which has itself blamed the ruling party for the rot.
The MDC Alliance has accused ZANU PF-linked land barons of settling people on illegal land leading to problems such as flooding and demolitions.
Recently the Chitungwiza Council proposed the demolition of over 11 000 illegal houses but Local Government Minister July Moyo stopped the move.