Harare Metropolitan Province Secretary for Provincial Affairs and Devolution Tafadzwa Muguti’s abrasive approach has reportedly unsettled some of his colleagues in government and the ruling party ZANU PF.
Last year Muguti was allegedly poisoned after he targeted land barons. Several land dealers have been arrested since Muguti was appointed Harare Provincial Development Coordinator (PDC).
Earlier this week, Muguti announced that Arlington Estates face demolition and that the Government was approaching the courts for a demolition order.
Muguti’s actions reportedly caused disgruntlement in corridors of power forcing Housing minister Daniel Garwe to intervene in the matter.
The Zimbabwe Independent reported a ZANU PF source as saying Muguti is failing “to read the politics” as some alleged land barons are senior officials in the ruling party. Said the source:
Not only do those in power feel under threat from Cyclone Muguti but innocent citizens have also not been spared from his actions.
He is failing to read the politics because, remember ZANU PF leaders have been implicated in cases of vote-buying in Harare using land, especially in areas like Harare South and Nyatsime areas.
So, some of those so-called illegal settlers did not just wake up and settle where they are.
The COVID-19 pandemic has proven to be brutal, but in the eyes of citizens, Muguti has proven to be another pandemic in our midst.
Recently, Muguti allegedly defied a High Court order which blocked all demolitions against informal traders’ structures in Harare and Chitungwiza.
He also ordered more than 400 private schools in Harare to comply with the Education Act or face closure.
In June 2021, Muguti’s attempt to ban non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Harare from operating without being registered by his office failed after the court barred him from interfering with their operations.