Kasukuwere Crushes Hopes For Devolution Of Power

Kasukuwere Crushes Hopes For Devolution Of Power
Published: 2016 July 06 04:43:33 (1760 Views)
Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, Saviour Kasukuwere has refused to grant calls from public for the devolution of power on the guise that local authority bodies were not competent enough to run on their own.

Kasukuwere told Senators last Thursday just before the passage of the Local Government Laws Amendment Bill which now awaits Presidential assent to become law, that the Constitution seeks devolution only to empower authorities that are competent.

The minister said the country’s local authorities do not deserve devolution of power as they are corrupt and will mismanage resources.

“How do you devolve power to corrupt councils and authorities?” he said.

Kasukuwere said audits into municipalities have unearthed serious corruption by councillors.

The Local Government Laws Amendment Bill would result in the setting up of an independent tribunal to investigate corruption in local authorities in compliance with a court ruling by High Court judge Justice Francis Bere reinstating Gweru councillors whom the minister had suspended.

“This matter is urgent in light of the increasing number of cases of corruption, mismanagement, insubordination and other ills that are being exposed in various local authorities particularly urban. We are also complying with the Justice Bere judgment whereby he directed that a tribunal be established,” said Kasukuwere.



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