demo if new Cllrs fail to heed demand
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
attracted widespread criticism from citizens who feel they often seek office
for the purposes of gaining influence to enrich themselves.
level, some councillors who went into office as humble citizens have been
accused of suddenly becoming rich people with various pieces of land and