ZANU PF has refuted allegations by a local publication (Newsday) purpoting that central government and the ruling party are working to sabotage MDC led councils.
The allegations were made in an article dated 19th February 2021 .
In a statement ZANU PF Secretary for Information and Publicity Ambassador Simon Khaya Moyo said the ruling party has no intention to do such.
ZANU PF took note of the Newsday story which came out in the paper on Friday the 19th of February maliciously and falsely accusing the central government and the party of sabotaging the MDC led councils.The story further went on to make frivolous allegations in its desperate attempt to misinterpret the President’s clarion call for the people to vote the MDC led councils out.For the record ZANU PF as the ruling party has neither policy nor desire to sabotage service delivery,he said.
He added that the party’s main thrust is centred on service delivery and called on the council to live up to its mandate.
The party as led by His Excellency believes in servant leadership where serving the people through robust service delivery should be the priority at all times.The party,its leadership and the generality of our people are tired of the retrogressive shenanigans happening in the opposition led councils which border on total ignorance,neglect,abandonment of responsibility and blatant failure to steward council resources for the benefit of rate payers.
Turning to the issue of corruption, Moyo said the party is not in a habit of sugar coating matters and will surely call out corrupt and irresponsible acts when need be.
ZANU PF reminds the scribes and the generality of our people that they can be no genuine cleansing of opposition led councils when the majority of city fathers have been embroiled from one corruption case to another ,when urban roads are in their worst shape,when garbage collection is no more,when sewer reticulation is all but a forgotten responsibility and clean water for our people is a far cry.All these challenges are a serious health time bomb which affects all of us not withstanding the colour of our political jackets,stated Moyo.
He also called on journalists in particular and Zimbabweans at large to desist from politicising matters but rather interrogate cases with integrity and thorough honesty so as to ascertain the cause of the rot in urban councils.
ZANU PF calls upon the media and all stakeholders to frankly,honestly,genuinely and truthfully interrogate the origins of the rot in our urban towns without wearing dirty political jackets or risk justifying and celebrating mismanagement,corruption and dereliction of duty among our local authorities,he noted.
On whether or not the councils in question should be voted out ,Moyo said the position of the party stands as at the President’s call in the last politbutro meeting.
As such the party reiterates President ED Mnangagwa’s call in the last politburo,for urban residents to unite and vote these clueless councillors out of office and elect responsible ,more accountable and able councillors with requisite knowledge and character on local governance.There is no mischief in this noble reminder and ZANU PF is not apologetic in this clarion call ,he reiterated.