cde david karimarinzira 13-09-10.jpgZimbabweans have been urged to vote for credible candidates with proven track records in nation building and development when choosing rural and urban councilors.


The call comes in the wake of rampant corruption in local authorities, with a number of councilors from the country’s provinces being suspended on allegations of corruption.


Governor and Resident Minister of Harare Metropolitan Province, Cde David Karimanzira said when going for local elections, people should be clear of what they expect from councilors adding that the electorate should choose candidates who can champion development and ensure good corporate governance.


“The problem is that some people where voting councilors because they would have been given some money or because they are friends, failing to realize that being a councilor is a duty where one has to deliver,” said Cde . Karimanzira.


Cde Karimanzira expressed concern over recent developments in which 15 councillors, 5 from Rusape, 3 from Bindura and 7 from Harare were suspended on allegations of corruption. He also said reports of mismanagement  at  Chitungwiza municipality is disturbing.

Governor Karimanzira said the resuscitation management teams put in place by the Ministry of Local Government Urban and Rural Development, will restore services in the local authorities and the teams will follow the set terms of references.


The suspended councilors have been given an opportunity to appeal before the disciplinary committee that has been set up. They have 45 days to complete the process starting from the 25th of August.