THE Sekesai Makwavarara-led commission’s failure to turn around the fortunes at the politically volatile Town House is jeopardising Zanu PF’
s chances of winning an election in Harare, the Zimbabwe Independent heard this week.
In an interview on Wednesday, Zanu PF Harare province spokesman William Nhara said the continued extension of the Makwavarara commission’s term would jeopardise the ruling party’s chances of making an impact in any election in Harare.
“Our room to win elections in Harare is being jeopardised by the failing commission,” Nhara said. “We want
to have the service delivery system restored by qualified and competent people. There are lots of political interests in the affairs of Harare so the playing field should be levelled.”
Nhara said Makwavarara’s case has not been removed from the Zanu PF central committee agenda but had been delayed to allow the commission of inquiry to conclude its investigations into the allegations raised by Harare province.
“Makwavarara’s case is being discussed in the highest echelons of Zanu PF but our position remains that we will not co-operate with Makwavarara until we get a communiqué from the appropriate organs of the party,” Nhara said.
Nhara said he was amazed with Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo’s assertions that service delivery was improving in Harare.
“We are amazed as to what would be going on in the minister’s mind when he says service delivery is improving,” Nhara said. “On the ground service delivery in Harare is deteriorating. We are talking of tangible things. The minister cannot close potholes, repair burst sewer and water leakages or provide drugs in clinics, so why is he trying to sweep the problems under the carpet?”
Nhara said the fact that Makwavarara was not suitable to spearhead the turnaround of fortunes at Town House was not a Zanu PF issue alone.
“It’s not only Zanu PF saying these issues,” he said. “It’s more of a ratepayers’ issue. Do a snap survey of all stakeholders from business, politics and ratepayers at home, they all call for improvement in service
Nhara said he had nothing against Makwavarara as an individual but wanted someone who could turn around the fortunes of Harare.
“There are certain prerequisites for each job, at least demonstrable deliverable even through experience. Makwavarara doesn’t have any professional qualifications.”
Nhara said the Zanu PF Harare branch had communicated its position to the highest levels of government and party and were waiting for an explanation on Makwavarara’s fate.
Makwavarara was appointed chairperson of the Harare commission more than two years ago after the government sacked the elected MDC mayor Elias Mudzuri.
She was elected to council on an MDC ticket and to deputy mayor before turning her back on the opposition to join Zanu PF.