12 Jul Written by  Administrator

‘Zimbabwe still in crisis’

Harare -- CIVIL society has said that Zimbabwe is still beset by a governance crisis after the flawed elections held exactly one year to this month under the watch of the regional body, Southern African Development Community (SADC).

 

Crisis Coalition Spokesperson, Mfundo Mlilo, who warned of the crisis in an interview with local radio, Star FM, earlier this week, repeated the remarks on Thursday, June 10.

 

Zimbabwe is still in a deep governance crisis as shown by the bad news from the economy, the service delivery breakdown, debilitating corruption and the constitutional crisis currently obtaining in the country,” he said.

 

Recently, over 900 people were discovered to have died of cholera in the eastern suburb   of Mabvuku in the capital city, Harare.

 

On the rule of law front, over a year after the enactment of a new Constitution, the government is yet to bring bills to Parliament to align old oppressive laws and draft new ones to adhere to the new charter.

 

Yet the most profound indications of a deep-seated crisis have been the total breakdown of service delivery in Chitungwiza and Masvingo this  week, and the threat of a potentially debilitating strike by the Harare’s municipal workers. The southernmost town of Masvingo has recorded its fourth consecutive day without running water. Meanwhile, the government has been struggling to give basic amenities such as food and compensate over 4 000 families affected by floods from a dam construction in the same province.

 

The Chingwizi camp residents have since severally rioted against government officials, and burned a police post.

(Chingwizi Camp)

According to Masvingo Residents Trust, “The water shortages in the city of Masvingo has forced residents to resort to the bush system to fulfil the laws of nature and some are depending on the heavily polluted Mucheke river for laundry.”

 

About 35 km outside Harare, a strike by Chitungwiza Municipal workers has brought service delivery in the town to a halt, necessitating the government to enlist the assistance of the army to carry bins, deal with sewerage blockages and clean the streets.

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