Moyo, Chamisa should work with councils

Moyo, Chamisa should work with councils
Published: 15 October 2018 (255 Views)
The new minister of Local Government, July Moyo, should put aside his party jacket if he is to successfully oversee the smooth running of councils across the country.

He must desist from clashing with elected mayors and councillors like what his former colleagues - Saviour Kasukuwere and Ignatious Chombo - used to do when they ran that ministry.

Instead of helping in the formulation of policies for Local Government affairs, Chombo and Kasukuwere went on a warpath with the councils, suspending mayors and councillors at will.

It is sad that since Moyo took over, we have never heard him calling for an indaba with the elected mayors to come up with strategies for the five years they will be working together.

By now, we would have expected Moyo and the mayors to have met, especially given that the country is battling a cholera outbreak, now being reported in far-away constituencies like Buhera.

As long as there is no harmony between Moyo and the mayors, councils will continuously fail to deliver on their mandates.

Already, there is discord over the induction training for councillors, amid reports that the ministry of Local Government has discouraged other councils from conducting induction trainings for new councillors.

While the attendance at the on-going pre-budget consultative meetings was high, the Harare Residents Trust noted that most of the ward councillors were unaware of their responsibilities.

Their lack of experience at how the meetings should be carried out meant that they had to be guided by residents and other councillors. Equally, it is also shocking that we haven't witnessed MDC leader Nelson Chamisa calling an indaba with his newly-elected mayors to map the way forward.

Chamisa should know that running cities is not an easy walk in the park; it requires proper and professional management.

The MDC leader should lead in the restoration of the cities' glamorous status; seeing to it that roads are repaired, people get water and that garbage is collected.

Chamisa should be reminded that he is leader of all mayors as his party controls most councils, and that their failure to deliver will be blamed on his leadership qualities. We would have expected Chamisa to hold an indaba with all elected mayors for a strategic retreat where they would put programmes in place for the next five years.

While Chamisa is still disputing the presidential results, he is happy with the council results, hence he should have a hands-on approach to give direction to the mayors.

We want to see Chamisa visiting Town House, visiting Chitungwiza council, Bulawayo council and where ever they have presence and be a hands-on man than operate from Harvest House.

- dailynews

Tags: Moyo, Chamisa, Councils,
 0

You May Like These Videos

Comments

There are no comments.

Latest stories

Deadly ZANU PF officials plot to oust Mnangagwa

by Mandla Ndlovu | 21 January 2019 | 73 Views

Emotions charge up as Army victims are buried

by Mandla Ndlovu | 21 January 2019 | 67 Views

BREAKING: Mnangagwa dumps Davos trip and heads home

by Mandla Ndlovu | 20 January 2019 | 493 Views

Kazakhstan firms keen on Zimbabwe investment

by Staff reporter | 20 January 2019 | 182 Views

No South African bailout for Zimbabwe

by Staff reporter | 20 January 2019 | 307 Views

Zimbabwe security services to use brutal force

by Staff reporter | 20 January 2019 | 328 Views

Zimbabwe on brink of diplomatic row with US, Germany

by Staff reporter | 20 January 2019 | 355 Views

Econet to reimburse subscribers over shutdown

by Staff reporter | 20 January 2019 | 168 Views

BREAKING: MDC Chairperson Tabitha Khumalo goes into hiding

by Mandla Ndlovu | 20 January 2019 | 212 Views

Four simple Rules to solve the Zim financial crisis

by Colls Ndlovu | 20 January 2019 | 272 Views

'Dodgy' NGO blasts Mnangagwa's government

by Staff reporter | 20 January 2019 | 457 Views

Bulawayo looting had SA flare

by Staff reporter | 20 January 2019 | 252 Views

Cry my beloved Zimbabwe . . . as country is closed for business

by Staff rpeorter | 20 January 2019 | 196 Views

Zimbabwe's horror 2019 unfolds

by Staff reporter | 20 January 2019 | 275 Views

Price hikes fail to end fuel crisis

by Staff reporter | 20 January 2019 | 168 Views

Mnangagwa faces uphill task to re-engage world

by Staff reporter | 20 January 2019 | 168 Views

Security roadblocks all-over Zimbabwe

by Staff reporter | 20 January 2019 | 166 Views

Mnangagwa must just do the right thing

by Staff reporter | 20 January 2019 | 181 Views

Soldiers warn organisers of last week's demonstrations

by Staff reporter | 20 January 2019 | 242 Views

Chamisa's violence streak

by Staff reporter | 20 January 2019 | 186 Views

MDC hawks in the dock

by Staff reporter | 20 January 2019 | 145 Views

Mnangagwa forges ties with Azerbaijan

by Staff reporter | 20 January 2019 | 169 Views

Zimbabwe counts cost of violent stay-away

by Staff reporter | 20 January 2019 | 184 Views

Zanu PF goes mad – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary

by ZimVigil | 20 January 2019 | 186 Views

Felton Kamambo defines his reign

by Staff reporter | 20 January 2019 | 119 Views

'Chamisa and his allies will be held accountable'

by Staff reporter | 20 January 2019 | 140 Views

MDC-Alliance's orgy of violence

by Staff reporter | 20 January 2019 | 148 Views

Is Chiyangwa behind board divisions?

by Staff reporter | 20 January 2019 | 135 Views

'Mnangagwa, take us back to Egypt!'

by Bishop Lazarus | 20 January 2019 | 155 Views

Chitungwiza looters are well-known

by Staff reporter | 20 January 2019 | 127 Views

'Information as a threat to national security'

by Senator Monica Mutsvangwa | 20 January 2019 | 165 Views

Govt avails $1 per route buses

by Staff reporter | 20 January 2019 | 146 Views

Civil servants start receiving allowances

by Staff reporter | 20 January 2019 | 153 Views

Fuel deliveries resume

by Staff reporter | 20 January 2019 | 136 Views

Fifa to pay $8 million Zifa debts

by Staff reporter | 20 January 2019 | 115 Views