Rein-in Jim Kunaka, Parly told

HARARE - Legislators have demanded that Zanu PF youth leader Jim Kunaka be reined-in and stopped from causing chaos in Mbare’s informal trade sector.

MDC MP Gift Chimanikire and acting speaker of the National Assembly Reuben Marumahoko both demanded on Thursday that Kunaka be stopped from causing havoc at the Mbare Mupedzanhamo Flea Market.

Chimanikire told the minister of Small, Medium Enterprises and Co-operative Development Sithembiso Nyoni that the informal sector will not succeed because of interference from people like Kunaka.

“We are hearing reports that there is a lot of partisan politics at Mbare Mupedzanhamo Market and Zanu PF youth member Jim Kunaka is harassing people and causing terror where he is in control of the flea market and segregating members who do not support his party,” Chimanikire said. “The informal sector will not improve.”

He was supported by Marumahoko, who also urged Nyoni to answer how she planned to call the Zanu PF youth to order saying he had read various media reports on the chaos being induced by Kunaka.

Nyoni was grilled after a presentation on the state of the informal sector. She had  avoided to answer the question. But she promised to act on Kunaka. “I have not received any reports about Kunaka causing problems but I am going to be investigating the matter in order to bring order now that the report has been made,” Nyoni said.

This is the second time this week that lawmakers have discussed Kunaka on Tuesday Harare mayor Bernard Manyenyeni  also complained of Kunaka’s political interference and disruption of council work in Mbare.

Manyenyeni was presenting oral evidence before the parliamentary portfolio committee on Local Government, Rural and Urban Development chaired by Zanu PF legislator Irene Zindi.

“We are having problems in Mbare that are being caused by Jim Kunaka,” Manyenyeni said. “We have contracted a local company to construct a boom gate at the bus terminus and intend to use new technology  to issue tickets to buses coming and out  Mbare terminus, and these programmes were disrupted by Kunaka.

“He has taken over the collection of refuse at Mbare and is controlling vending tables which are supposed to give revenue to the council.

“He mobilised people to demonstrate against our programmes, resulting in the contractor abandoning the project.” 

Manyenyeni was accompanied by councillors Herbert Gomba and Wellington Chikomba who both complained of Kunaka’s interference.

“He is benefiting a lot through his actions as there are a lot of financial leakages.

“Finances are not coming to the council coffers, they are being taken by Kunaka and his youth groups.”

Manyenyeni said Kunaka was a council employee in the Housing department who should support council programmes so that he can get his salary instead of sabotaging them.

Zindi asked the councillors why they had not reported Kunaka to the police.

The mayor appealed for Parliament’s help to bring him to book. He said there was “double loyalty” among council employees with some reporting to councillors and the mayor while some report to the minister of Local Government.  

“This double action is causing trouble in the city,” Manyenyeni said. Zanu PF MP Joseph Chinotimba supported Kunaka’s actions saying the city fathers wanted to give foreign companies contracts at the expense local companies.

“I am supporting  Kunaka in what  he is doing  in  Mbare,” Chinotimba said. “These councillors  want  to favour foreign companies by giving them jobs that can be done by local companies  for example cleaning  the toilets and repairing of tower lights  at Mbare.

“Do you  think our young people cannot do that? This is why Kunaka is taking over council (sic) job and empowering the youths.”

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Duduza - 7 April 2014

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