Chiwenga led taskforce takes over MDC-run councils

The Newsday reports that Emmerson Mnangagwa has set up an inter-ministerial team led by Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga to take over and speed up service delivery in all opposition-run councils.

Mnangagwa described the opposition councillors as failures, and said Chiwenga’s team would ensure seamless provision of services to the people.

“They (MDC councillors) have the duty to provide services to the people, but because we have seen that they have failed, this is why under the second republic we have now instituted an inter-ministerial taskforce headed by the Vice-President,” he said.

Mnangagwa said there is massive corruption in the MDC run councils, “For instance, Harare City Council — I think one-third of the councillors and the people there are under investigation (for corruption). Some have been brought to court and the process is ongoing.

“So, as the central government we are intervening, using central government resources to do so. This is how you realise, the question of housing, the question of correcting wetlands, the question of clean water”.