POLICE over the weekend cleared a Zanu PF-organised demonstration against the MDC-T-led Kadoma council calling for the ouster of mayor Muchineyi Chinyanganya and top management.
BY BLESSED MHLANGA
The demonstration, which saw protesters march through the city and ending at town house, was triggered by, among other things, failing service delivery, allegations of incompetence by senior managers and poor road networks.
Conver Panyika Jack, a Zanu PF district youth leader, accused Chinyanganya of taking Kadoma back to the stone age and demanded that he steps down.
“The roads are now impassable, sewer and water reticulation has almost become non-existent under the watch of our councillors and their management,” he said.
Kadoma Central constituency legislator Fani Phiri’s son Norman was also part of the team that organised the demonstrations under the banner of Kadoma Concerned Residents’ Platform.
They submitted a petition to council accusing the local authority of failing to repair critical roads leading into the city centre and employing incompetent senior managers to run the affairs of the local authority, thereby affecting service delivery.
“This letter serves to register our utmost concern about the state of affairs in the City of Kadoma. We, members of Kadoma Zanu PF district, hereby give Kadoma council one month to attend to the following issues,” read part of a petition sent to council and Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere.
Mayor Chinyanganya said he was aware of the demonstration and the petition which had been issued by Norman and Zanu PF in an effort to destabilise his team.
“We are aware of the issues that have been raised by the MP’s son yet they want to demonstrate over roads in Kadoma when they know this is funded by Zinara and that service delivery is generally being affected nationwide because of the poor economy caused by Zanu PF mismanagement,” he said.
Council closed Cameron Square over three months ago affecting shoppers who are now unable to access retail shops in the city centre with their vehicles.
The works were stalled after council, which was expecting disbursement of $100 000 from Zinara, failed to get the money despite having been given the greenlight to proceed with the project.
“We are waiting for the money from Zinara, so does it make sense that people want to demonstrate over an ongoing project which is not funded by council? The situation was worse when Norman’s father was executive mayor of this city yet they never held demonstrations,” Chinyanganya said.