By Munesu Nyakudya
The opposition has struggled to run urban councils.
The reasons have been panoply of macro-economic challenges, political bickering, corruption and downright inefficiency.
In Mutare Council has splashed over US$300 000 on top of the range vehicles for management.
Residents have complained of poor prioritisation.
In Norton they still have no water despite having two water bodies used by Harare which sells them the same water.
Stands and land have been sold illegally and some officials arrested.
The residents have accused the councillors of being out of depth and useless.
Chitungwiza is a hotbed of informal traders constantly harassed and illegal settlements.
Houses and trading places have been demolished.
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Less than two years before the 2023 elections most of these politicians have a dire future.
The 2021 Mayor’s Forum comes at an opportune time when more questions about the use and relevance of these councils have increased.
Are MDC-led Councils necessary if all they do is blame central government?
Is there purpose to choosing opposition urban councils which have no power?
Who has power, central government or councils?
Who is to blame between Douglas Mwonzora, recognised as official opposition and Nelson Chamisa who is blamed for running down urban areas?
The Mayor’s Forum, up for the second year running, provides an opportunity to dissect these and other questions.
The Mayor’s Forum is a non-partisan resident centred event that seeks for answers and solutions.
Brooking no biased empathy it’s the ultimate chance for the opposition councillors to have a chance at convincing the residents everything is under control.
With 2023 just around the corner this may be the last chance for redemption for an embattled camp.