The government is left with just above a month to fulfil a court order seeking the gazetting of legislation to enable implementation of devolution.
The High Court gave Ministers Mthuli Ncube, July Moyo and Ziyambi Ziyambi until 31 March to have implemented the order to allow for devolution as provided for by Section 270(2) of the Constitution.
However, up to now there has not been any progress on the legislation.
This has resulted in the Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA) and Community Water Alliance Zimbabwe (CWAZ) coming together with residents associations to demand implementation of the order.
According to the organisations, “devolution allows provinces, districts and communities to determine their own development which speaks to their situation and needs.
“Development that comes from central government in most cases does not speak to people’s needs and hence miss targets.
“Parliament also has a duty to ensure the Constitution is upheld and that whatever is provided for is implemented to the fullest,” it said.
CHRA has also accused Parliament of Zimbabwe of being complicity in the delay in implementation of devolution laws because they have remained quiet.
However, Local Government and Public Works Minister July Moyo, has said the process was already underway.
“Devolution is already happening. It is only the uninitiated who do not how devolution works.
“It is captured in two chapters of the Constitution.
The first chapter deals with the institutional framework, which involves setting up of the provincial councils, among other things.
“It is that aspect which is problematic because we have to amend the Constitution and that amendment was gazetted and we are just waiting for the relevant Parliamentary procedures.
“The second aspect, which has nothing to do with any the institutional arrangement, is the financial arrangement and that is taking place already.
“That is why we are giving money to local authorities every year since the new dispensation started,” he said.