Opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) leader Nelson Chamisa Saturday blamed the ruling ZANU PF for local government authorities’ poor service delivery.
Local authorities, especially in urban areas where the opposition has been dominant for the past two decades have often been criticised for failing to deliver required public goods and services.
They have in turn argued that poor performance was attributed to inadequacy of resources needed in the execution of their mandates.
Local government authorities have various sources of revenue including the central government, taxes and user fees.
Addressing CCC supporters in Gweru on the 6th of March 2022, Chamisa attributed the poor performance to “interference” by the central government.
He said while the opposition has had councillors for years now, it was impossible to influence transformation since decisions on local authorities are made by the central government. He added:
ZINWA which is mandated with the provision of water in local authorities is controlled by the Office of the President and Cabinet. The central government clipped our wings.
Water is a perennial challenge for many urban councils. Some suburbs have gone for years without water, a situation that has, in some cases, resulted in the outbreak of waterborne diseases such as cholera, dubbed “a disease of the medieval era.”
Councils say they do not have enough resources to treat water enough to cover the ever-growing populations.
The ruling ZANU PF has often attributed poor service delivery to a lack of leadership in the opposition and has been urging the electorate to give all council seats to the ruling ZANU PF for better service delivery.