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ZURA's statement on Minister Chombo
November 17, 2010
United Residents Association's board, its national membership
and technical team received the uncharacteristic (Herald edition
of the 5th of November, 2010, page 1 & 2) story of Ignatius
Chombo and his wife's fight over assets' with great
interest and concern. The association does respect Ignatius Chombo's
privacy and does not intend in any way to interfere in his private
affairs. Of great concern to the association and its national membership
and the rent and rate paying citizens of this country was the shocking
revelation that the Minister for Local Government, Rural and Urban
development, a public servant for the people of Zimbabwe has at
least 15 cars, 18 residential flats and houses, 60 residential stands
and 7 commercial stands as well as at least 10 companies!
This comes barely
two weeks since the Newsday of October 28, 2010 on page 4 published
a related story where members of parliament are alleged to have
called for the 'Minister's wings to be clipped'
citing a Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Local Government which
revealed that there was massive corruption in urban councils. As
expected, ZANU PF MPs defended Chombo saying corruption "has
nothing to do with politics. It is about management of local authorities".
You should train your councilors to prepare budgets and reports.
residents association appreciates the fact that there are massive
capacity challenges in our local authorities especially in relation
to some of the councilors, and this is partly a result of the flawed
Councils Act and Rural District Councils Acts. Nevertheless,
this is no excuse for the corrupt, nepotistic and unaccountable
tendencies of 'Big Men' like Chombo and his cronies.
The national association notes that this is not an isolated incidence
but a reflection of the rotten state of affairs in our country.
Under the guise of lawlessness, populist policies and rhetoric represented
by chaotic land reform exercise and the indigenization farce is
massive looting and primitive accumulation by our national elites.
There is a great correlation between the falling standards of living
as represented by atrocious social service delivery and dilapidated
infrastructure with the growing power and wealth of the elites.
In view of this
development, ZURA demands the following;
- That the
parliamentary portfolio committee on Local Government, Rural and
Urban Development, the Anti-Corruption Commission, and all the
concerned and relevant organizations to institute an independent
and thorough investigation in the corrupt dealings of the said
Minister as well as an audit of the Urban Councils and Rural District
Councils Acts and make this report public.
- That there
be public hearings and debates on how to come up with a national
policy and law that requires senior public servants to declare
their assets and interests upon taking the oath of office.
- That the
relevant parliamentary portfolio committees responsible for land
and other strategic national resources including our civil service
carried out audits and make its findings public.
- That the
policies of indigenization and land reform which are noble ideas,
be carried out in a non-partisan and transparent manner, and that
these policies be coherent with the existing progressive ideals
of a democratic developmental state that seeks to genuinely empower
- ZURA demands
that the pervasive culture of lawlessness, impunity and a total
disregard to the values of public service be immediately curbed
to bring to an end the culture of senior public servants that
give themselves a privileged and unfettered access to the national
cake at the expense of the hardworking but suffering Zimbabweans.
leadership of ZURA will be meeting with the relevant offices and
authorities to ensure that these resolutions are implemented.
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