Movement for Democratic Change leader Nelson Chamisa has chided President Emmerson Mnangagwa for officially opening a clinic and a youth centre at Hopley just outside Harare but added that perhaps Mnangagwa was recognising the success at local authorities which are run by the opposition.
“Why should Mnangagwa come to open a local authority institution, in fact this is an effort of the council. But if he is coming, he is welcome because he must also come and see evidence of good leadership at local level,” Chamisa was quoted by NewZimbabwe.com as saying.
Chamisa visited the clinic and youth centre yesterday in what observers say was a move to undercut President Emmerson Mnangagwa who officially opened the clinic and youth centre today.
“That’s the problem. Success has many parents and failure seems to be orphaned, there is failure at ZESA, ZINWA, there is failure in the roads which are now death traps but we are not seeing him there. Then there is now this child from our local authorities, he wants to come here. He should address problems faced in government,” Chamisa said.
The clinic and youth centre were built with assistance from the United Nations and local cement manufacturer LaFarge.
The MDC controls 26 of the 32 urban councils.
While Chamisa was bragging about good leadership at the local authorities the auditor-general had a different opinion.
In her report tabled in Parliament recently auditor-general Mildred Chari said out of the 91 local authorities in Zimbabwe only three- Bindura Municipality, Tongogara Rural District Council and Marondera Rural District Council- had their financial statements for 2018 audited.
Nineteen were in progress while 70 had not submitted their financial statements for 2018 as of 31 May 2019.
Those whose 2018 accounts were in progress were: Harare, Chinhoyi, Victoria Falls, Norton and Rusape.
Those that had not submitted their 2018 accounts were: Bulawayo, Gweru, Kadoma, Kwekwe, Masvingo. Mutare, Chegutu, Chitungwiza, Gwanda, Kariba, Marondera, Beitbridge, Redcliff, Chipinge, Chiredzi, Gokwe, Karoi, Mvurwi, Plumtree, Shurugwi and Zvishavane.
Kadoma and Redcliff have not submitted their accounts from as far back as 2015.