Will these councillors of shame ever learn?

HARARE - City councilors never cease to amaze.

If they are not demanding hefty sitting allowances, they are embroiled in some form of controversy.

This is the tragedy of electing fly-by-night people who have no idea of what their relevant office
demands.

Harare city councillors who were elected into office on MDC ticket in the 2008 harmonised elections ranks arguably amongst the worst councillors this city has ever had.

They have done little to steer this once sunshine city back to its glorious days.

They have been fingered in corruption and other forms of impropriety and the MDC has suspended councillors, some of them at the Harare municipality.

Potholes and rubbish adorn the streets and corners of Harare.

Now they are mulling displacing struggling people whom they accuse of erecting illegal structures.

They accuse hard-pressed citizens of running flea markets and tuckshops, a fact, but which has been made possible by the same council dishing out space to desperate residents.

Why would an MDC elected council want to bring misery and displace people?

How does a second Murambatsvina help the fortunes of the City of Harare?

In 2005 Zanu PF displaced more than 700 000 in the clean up exercise which was internationally-condemned.

The MDC was part of the people who joined the rest of the world in slamming this diabolical act which was carried out to weaken the urban vote for the party.

We find the comfort and ease that the councillors exhibit in mulling a second Murambatsvina.

It is quite frightening that these councillors do not see the ramifications of such an act.

However, what it shows, whether fairly or unfairly, is that the MDC itself has not thoroughly vetted people who occupy offices that demand brilliance and astuteness.

Based on action, this lot has sullied the party’s reputation and sadly there is a serious disconnect between their attitude and MDC’s principles.

Surely we shudder to think what Harare would be like if people of such calibre are re-elected.

As it is, there is zero confidence in Harare councillors and most of MDC-dominated local authorities.

In Bulawayo, for example, residents and civic groups are shocked at the decision to shortlist Water Resources minister Samuel Sipepa Nkomo for the freedom of the city award.

Ironically, there is water rationing in Bulawayo where residents can only flush their toilets at 7pm.

Yet, Nkomo has failed dismally to provide water to Bulawayo and the region.

The preferred priorities are quite touching! - Staff Writer

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