Kasukuwere Explains Why He Dissolved Gweru Town Council

Kasukuwere Explains Why He Dissolved Gweru Town Council
Published: 2016 June 15 07:57:16 (1606 Views)
Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere yesterday issued a ministerial statement in the National Assembly outlining alleged gross incompetence at Gweru City Council which prompted him to suspend all the city fathers.

In his statement in response to a question he was asked last week by Mkoba MP Amos Chibaya (MDC-T), Kasukuwere read out a litany of irregularities that he said were unearthed by an audit into the state of affairs of the City of Gweru.

Some of the irregularities included that the water account was not ring fenced as per ministerial directive, resulting in money meant for residents being channelled for self-enrichment by councillors and management.
 
“The audit also unearthed delays in billing and other anomalies, and the sum total of this was that council was sitting on non-revenue water of more than 30%, which means of all treated and pumped water, council could, on a daily basis, account for 30% of its water,” Kasukuwere said.

“The preliminary water audit findings to date have identified more than 3 000 illegal connections, various properties that are not in the council’s billing platform, more than 15 000 non-functional meters, and a proliferation of unprotected wells dotted all over the city, to name a few.”

The minister also told the House the audit also unearthed stands and other properties that had been created and parcelled out illegally, adding they were not in council’s databases, while at the same time drawing water from council’s distribution systems illegally.

“The ministry will not be deterred from taking corrective action on all unearthed irregularities at City of Gweru and will not rest on its laurels until sanity prevails. No amount of threats or malicious reporting will impede our drive to ensure that Gweru residents are protected from unfair treatment,” he said.

But Binga North MP Prince Dubeko Sibanda (MDC-T) shot back at Kasukuwere, saying if he insisted the Gweru council was fired due to gross incompetence, then the Zanu PF government should also be removed because it had failed the economy.

“Central government has numerous problems of mismanagement, including the cash crisis, and we can also say we now need a commission to run the country because it has problems,” Sibanda said.

When Chibaya asked Kasukuwere to explain the relationship between one of the commissioners running the city, Mark Choga, and engineer Vavarirayi Choga, Kasukuwere shot back at him by, saying he (Chibaya) must settle his water bills as he was not paying, angering opposition MPs.

Other MDC-T legislators, including Godfrey Sithole (Chitungwiza North) and Elias Mudzuri (Warren Park), said the minister had also shown gross incompetence by failing to align local government laws to the Constitution.

Kasukuwere said his ministry was working on the alignment of the laws.

Acting Speaker Reuben Marumahoko adjourned the debate before other opposition MPs could ask further questions.

Kasukuwere immediately left the House, further angering MPs who felt they should have been given a chance to ask more questions.
 

- News Day
 0

You May Like These Videos

Comments

| Comment With Facebook Submit

There are no comments.

Big Reads

Bulawayo prostitutes dollarise

by Staff Reporter | 2018 December 01 00:43:29

DRAMA as mourners fight over deceased loan sharks' loot

by B-Metro | 2018 November 30 23:35:19

'Tsvangirai's ex' on police wanted list

by B-Metro | 2018 October 19 12:39:23

Dumped man glasses wife's face with broken beer bottle

by Staff Writer | 2018 October 19 12:32:05

Zimbabwe prostitutes hike prices

by Zimbabwe prostitutes hike prices | 2018 October 18 17:13:08

Pastor shocks female congregant with new panties

by Metro Writer | 2017 March 28 10:50:44

Harare man steals 10kg mealie meal from neighbour

by Court Reporter | 2017 March 28 07:56:29

Four company directors die in Vumba Mountain plane crash

by Staff Writer | 2017 March 28 07:38:59

Man with 'deformed' body bashes parents

by Staff Writer | 2017 March 24 09:48:46

Mugabe Knows Nothing About The Zimbabwe Constitution: MP

by Staff Reporter | 2016 October 01 08:12:02

Troubled Harare Giants Dynamos Falls Into Another Deep Crisis

by Own Correspondent | 2016 October 01 07:49:17

Shock As Local Bank Denies 'Rich' Mugabe's Son Heifty Credit

by Own Correspondent | 2016 September 30 19:14:54

Mugabe "Home Coming" And "Thank You" Rally On Cards

by Own Correspondent | 2016 September 23 06:48:24

Prof Moyo Was Dumped By Western Embassies, Claims Mutsvangwa

by Staff Reporter | 2016 September 22 10:08:07

Prof Jonathan Moyo In Fresh Beef With War Vets

by Own Correspondent | 2016 September 22 07:48:10

You Are Too Old To Lead, Aging Zim President Mugabe Told

by Own Correspondent | 2016 September 22 07:19:25

Younger Lover Beats Up Sugar Mama For Cheating

by Own Correspondent | 2016 September 20 03:21:43

Anti-Corruption Commission Loses Property In Failed Probe

by Own Correspondent | 2016 September 20 03:18:19

Mutsvangwa's Son Caught Up In Rape Case

by Own Correspondent | 2016 September 20 01:24:00

REMAINING PSL FIXTURES: ONLY 7 WEEKS LEFT

by Sports Correspondent | 2016 September 20 01:21:33

Victims Involved In Horror Crash Named

by Own Correspondent | 2016 September 20 01:16:09

Man Kills Uncle For Taking Him To Prophet

by Own Correspondent | 2016 September 20 01:11:08

Mphoko Threatens Zimra Over Irregular Taxes

by Own Correspondent | 2016 September 20 01:07:44

China Pours $46m On New Parliament Construction

by Own Correspondent | 2016 September 20 01:05:11

SHOCKING:14 Year Old HIV-Positive Boy Rapes 7 Pupils

by Own Correspondent | 2016 September 20 00:04:55

Tajamuka Slams Zimpapers, Fumes Over

by Own Correspondent | 2016 September 19 11:56:42

Mthwakazi Activists Torment Mujuru

by News Editor | 2016 September 19 10:52:58

We Did Not Fire Live Bullets: Police

by Staff Reporter | 2016 September 19 08:09:20

Ruling On 58 Protesters Expected Today 



by Court Reporter | 2016 September 19 08:10:40

6 Zanu PF Youths Nabbed For Assaulting Cops

by Court Reporter | 2016 September 19 08:11:50

Mutare Con-artist Cracks Zanu PF

by Own Correspondent | 2016 September 19 08:13:32

MSU Student Caught Peddling Drugs Tor Tuition Fees

by Own Correspondent | 2016 September 19 05:29:18

ZIMRA Dishes Out Rewards To Faithful Tax Payers

by Own Correspondent | 2016 September 19 05:24:19

Headmaster ‘Steals’ $17 000 From School's Fees

by Own Correspondent | 2016 September 19 05:21:24

Mujuru Party Fails To Pay $15 000 For Printed T-shirts

by Own Correspondent | 2016 September 19 05:14:37

SHOCKING: Govt Appointed Criminals In Anti-Corruption Commission

by Own Correspondent | 2016 September 19 04:11:26

BOSSO CONTINUE WINNING WAYS

by Own Correspondent | 2016 September 19 04:09:07