Government’s move to impose an inter-ministerial taskforce to oversee opposition controlled Councils has been described by residents as a violation of self-governance.
President Mnangagwa last month announced the creation of a taskforce led by VP Chiwenga to oversee Councils.
He accused the local authorities of running down urban cities.
However residents through the Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA) say the move goes against devolution.
“We are gravely concerned that the recent events that include the appointment of the local government board and the intention to impose an Inter-ministerial “Taskforce” to monitor urban local authorities are a clear violation of the principle of self-governance by local authorities as is provided for by the Constitution.
“Citizens of Zimbabwe had pinned hopes on the Constitution as a foundation of establishing and retaining a democratic society.
CHRA added that, “the path that has been taken by the Government to mutilate constitutional provisions that keep the executive powers checked is not healthy in any democratic society.”
Speaking during his Independence Day speech Mnangagwa stated that the opposition was causing misery to people by failing to provide optimum services.
“They can’t continue electing councillors who do not deliver, when councilors are elected they are supposed to deliver services to the people who elected them, and not bring misery
“But because we have seen that they have failed, this is why under the Second Republic, we have now instituted an inter-ministerial Taskforce, led by the Honorable Vice President Constantino Chiwenga.
It will have, “overriding authority (over) these councils, so that we can provide to our people the services which these local authorities have failed to provide, so as central government we are intervening using central government resources to do so,” said Mnangagwa.
The move has been seen by the opposition as a strategy to curtail its power.
Sesel Zvidzai the MDC Alliance Secretary for Local Government has previously questioned the move questioning the Local Government Minister’s relevance after the creation of the taskforce.