Tackle corruption at town councils

HARARE - A fish rots from the head is an old phrase whose origins are not entirely known but whose meaning is so poignant to the Zimbabwean crisis.

It is common knowledge now that Zanu PF is a party that thrives on corruption and that its leader President Robert Mugabe is not sincere in tackling this cancer.

Recent events at the Harare City Council’s town house leave an unpalatable taste after the minister of Local Government Saviour Kasukuwere, the head of all local authorities, rescinded the decision to suspend acting town clerk Josephine Ncube and human capital director Cainos Chingombe, who are facing corruption charges.

To some it would seem as if Kasukuwere, who slated city fathers for jumping the gun, is protecting these council bigwigs who are still being paid handsome salaries even against government’s orders.

While employees at Harare Water have gone for eight months without salaries and those from the city’s other departments have a backlog of five months, management is able to pay themselves more than they are allowed by government-and we only pray that justice is allowed to take its course.

After all, the report came from the Local Government ministry — and let justice prevail.

It smacks of double standards that Kasukuwere bellows that he wants to root out corruption in councils but only targets MDC councillors yet ignoring the likes of Ncube who certainly should be in court telling the nation how money was looted council.

Kasukuwere this year alone has suspended Harare mayor Bernard Manyenyeni three times in a space of two months for appointing James Mushore as town clerk all because it was an MDC decision.

While Kasukuwere claims the suspensions of Ncube and Chingombe were based on scoring personal vendettas, he should also look into the case at hand without favour.

Harare is on a tight water rationing schedule, streetlights across the city are not working and potholes have become part of the city roads.

The city can barely start projects without scavenging for partners who end up duping the city through stringent terms and agreements.

Residents are failing to access basic social services such as refuse collection, water and access to medicines at municipal healthcare facilities due to lack of priorities.

Pirate taxi drivers, kombi operators and land barons still wreak havoc among the city’s residents yet nothing seems to be happening.

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