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MDC T, Harare Minister Set to Clash Over Council Policies

MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai.
A storm is brewing between the newly-appointed Minister of State for Harare Metropolitan Province, Miriam Chikukwa, and the MDC formation led by former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai over the running of the capital City in the next five years.

Last Friday the minister said City fathers would be forced to follow the Zanu-PF election manifesto in delivering services to residents. One of the main issues affecting Harare residents is the shortage of clean water, poor roads and power shortages.

Speaking at a dinner hosted for her by the Zimbabwe Youth Council, the new minister said there was only one manifesto they were going to use in running the City of Harare, ruling out the MDC-T which won the majority of the wards in the capital.

The NewsDay quoted Chikukwa as having said that Zanu PF programs would be prioritized since the party is running the country.

But the MDC-T shadow minister of local government, Sesel Zvidzai, told VOA his party will not taking it lying down.

He adds the MDC will fight any imposition by the minister, adding she was also appointed illegally by President Robert Mugabe.

“Under the new constitution the city is run by policies set up by the mayor and his councillors working together with the residents,” said Zvidzai.

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Studio 7 failed to reach Chikukwa for a comment.