Former Marondera Mayor Chengetai Murowa has accused Local Government Minister July Moyo of derailing service delivery.
Murowa said Minister Moyo used the vast powers bestowed on him by the constitution to fight his council.
“Everything which is done at Council, the Minister of Local Government (July Moyo) must authorize it.
“When I was at Council with my councilors, we had very good policies, very good ideas.
“But you cannot implement those ideas without authority from the Minister of Local Government,” he said.
Murowa added that the Urban Councils Act (UCA) was faulty in that it gave the Minister too many powers.
He said the UCA, “is always saying ‘the Minister shall, the Minister shall’.
“That doesn’t work, councils must be allowed to run properly with their own ideas.
“MDC Alliance won all urban councils and yet the Minister is coming from ZANU PF.
“The Minister was supposed to come from MDC Alliance which is controlling these urban authorities.
“The Minister used the “Minister shall” to stop service delivery to be done by councils,” he added.
Murowa was recalled from his post by the Douglas Mwonzora-led MDC-T.
However, even before his recall many residents accused the authorities of failing to meet service needs.
Murowa’s defense has also been used by various other council officials across the country.
The local authorities have accused the Minister of politicking to sabotage the opposition councils.
The MDC Alliance won the majority of urban councils in 2018 relegating ZANU PF to rural parts.