By Bruce Chahwanda Political Editor
ZANU PF President and First Secretary, Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa will this Wednesday take the party’s urban renewal agenda to Chitungwiza where policies and interventions meant to address two decades of neglect by opposition political parties will be tabled.
The parliamentary and council seats by-elections will be held this Saturday countrywide.
According to Zanu PF Spokesperson, Ambassador Christopher Mutsvangwa, Chitungwiza is one of the dormitory towns that have faced neglect from opposition-led councils, hence President Mnangagwa is providing solutions through construction of roads, provision of water and establishment of shell industries to attract investors.
“People in urban areas had wallowed in misery because of the administrative rule by the MDC which became the ascendant party of the urban areas courtesy of the sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe, these sanctions inordinately hit the urban population. As a result of the suffering from the sanctions the people in urban areas shifted its allegiance to the MDC, however because of the lack of clarity, lack of ideology and lack of purpose on the part of the MDC the urban population has paid a heavy price in terms of the total neglect of any administrative and civic responsibility by the MDC. Their focus remained on getting to State House, even overlooking the fact that they had won local Government power, they had a responsibility to the citizenry in urban areas to make sure urban areas are run efficiently and as well-meaning institutions for the urban areas,” he said.
Ambassador Mutsvangwa noted that the ruling party has been doing well because of its people-centred programmes such as Pfumvudza/Intwasa, with focus now on urban dwellers.
“The President has seen that the people in urban areas need to be linked again with the people in rural areas because nobody should be left behind, that is his slogan. So this rally talks about the urban area renewal agenda because they deservedly play their part in the ongoing economic revival which has now become the hallmark of the Second Republic,” he said.
Chitungwiza is benefitting from the Presidential Borehole Drilling Programme and the Emergency Road Rehabilitation Programme, among other initiatives led by the Second Republic.
The Chitungwiza rally is set to conclude the Zanu PF by-elections campaign which took the party leadership to various parts of the country where elections will be conducted this Saturday.