1. Looming Chitungwiza Demolitions & the Hand of ZANU PF

There are two types of pandemics in Zimbabwe: the COVID19 pandemic & authoritarianism. I have written before about the structure of governance in local authorities & how ZANU PF has Power but takes no Responsibility.
2. Information at hand reveals plans for demolitions in Chitungwiza in the middle of the COVID19 pandemic. This letter dated 12/01/21 on demolitions is from the Director of Works to the Acting Town Clerk. These are ministerial appointees. The CSO is the Chief Security Officer.
3. For the source of all power you have to go to the office of the Minister of Local Government. Minister July Moyo tells the Mayor what to do, including to reverse a council resolution & to supply a list of properties for demolition. I told you the Minister has all the power.
4. In the same letter m, July Moyo orders the Mayor to cooperate with the Provincial Development Coordinator (PDC), one Tafadzwa Muguti. This PDC is an unelected ZANU PF functionary who effectively supplants the elected councillors. ZANU PF falsely regards this as “devolution”.
5. But Muguti is a little man politically. He has no power at law so he has to piggyback on Minister Moyo. As you can see here, he writes to the Mayor, reminding him that he has the backing of the Minister. It’s like a little puppy barking from underneath the owner’s skirt.
6. What does Muguti want? He wants the list of demolitions! So there you go. When you see demolitions taking place, don’t let this regime pretend it has nothing to do with it. It’s the driver of the demolitions through the ironically named “Provincial Development Coordinator”!

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