… losing independent candidate threatens demo if new Cllrs fail to heed demand
Just as President Emmerson Mnangagwa has directed all public office holders to declare their assets, Masvingo Urban Ward 2 losing independent council candidate, Trust Mhaka has written a letter to Masvingo City Council petitioning the 10 elected councillors to declare their assets with immediate effect.
In a letter dated September 05, 2018, Mhaka requests town clerk, Adolf Gusha to ensure that councillors are made to declare their assets for the sake of transparency and accountability.
"On behalf of the concerned residents I am glad to advise that all councillors must declare their individual assets with immediate effect, in terms of the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act (Chapter 9:16)," reads the letter.
Mhaka also goes on to threaten a swift mobilisation of residents to lodge a petition and stage massive demonstrations if the councillors failed to comply with his demand by Friday, October 05.
"Failure to consider this advice by Friday 5 October, I will not hesitate to mobilise the concerned residents to present a petition and to demonstrate against the councillors," the letter reads.
When contacted for comment, Masvingo United Residents and Ratepayers Alliance (Murra) spokesperson, Godfrey Mtimba, concurred with Mhaka's idea, saying it was a good move which would help establish greater transparency in council business.
"We strongly support the idea and we have always been calling for that as a way of promoting transparency and accountability. As residents, we need to know our councillors’ assets and councillors have to declare those assets so that we will be able to take note of any suspicious accumulation of wealth. This is a good way of preventing the looting of public resources and other forms of corruption," said Mtimba.
Politicians have attracted widespread criticism from citizens who feel they often seek office for the purposes of gaining influence to enrich themselves.
At national level, some councillors who went into office as humble citizens have been accused of suddenly becoming rich people with various pieces of land and vehicles.