Devolution stirs hornet's nest

BULAWAYO - The Welshman Ncube-led MDC says devolution will not be properly implemented if Zanu PF wins the forthcoming general election as the party does not ideologically believe in the concept.

The principle of devolution is now entrenched in the new constitution but Nhlanhla Dube, the MDC spokesperson, told journalists in Bulawayo that devolution as a tool was most effective in the hands of “believers”.

“Zanu PF has already said they are going to amend the constitution, Zanu PF does not want devolution, so obviously they won’t implement something that they don’t want,” Dube said.

 “It is an ideological concept and it is not within their ideological frame work just like they believe that they must not change a president in their political party,” he said.

He said the concept of devolution can be best defined, implemented, articulated and defended by only those who believe in it as an ideology.

But Zanu PF dismissed the accusation as politicking.

Copac co-chairperson and Zanu PF Chivi legislator, Munyaradzi Mangwana told the Daily News that the Welshman Ncube-led party was simply abusing the concept of devolution for their petty political aggrandisement.

“The problem is the devolution we have does not seem to have same political connotations which Welshman and his party are giving,” Mangwana said.

“Zanu PF has always believed in decentralising power to the people throughout the country.

“Soon after independence we brought about rural district councils, provincial councils among other forms of spreading power to the people,” he added.

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