OPPOSITION Nelson Chamisa’s Citizens’ Coalition for Change (CCC) says it is a newly-formed party with no elected officials in Parliament and councils, and must therefore not be blamed for the rot and corruption in local authorities.
The party was responding to Zanu PF spokesperson Christopher Mutsvangwa who accused the opposition of running down local authorities, allowing corruption in stands allocation and failing to deliver basic amenities to urban populace.
Mutsvangwa while addressing a press briefing yesterday blamed Chamisa’s party for the mushrooming of illegal settlements particularly in Harare, but said Zanu PF will hand the settlers title deeds instead of destroy their homes.
Mutsvangwa further announced that President Mnangagwa will on Saturday hand over title deeds to an estimated 80 000 desperate home-seekers starting with those in Epworth where informal settlements and structures face demolition by the local council board.
“I am confidently told that by now probably 80 000 houses have been mapped and given addresses. The President will be there to give each one an address, an identity,” Mutsvangwa told journalists at a Press conference at the party headquarters.
“The signature act of the Epworth visit would be to grant title deeds to the existing stock of urban houses which the people have and have never used and are dead capital.
“We have decided as a party that we shall be giving title deeds to urban people. This is something which is big; it is as big as the land reform. It is as big as independence. It is a signal to urban people that since you are living in an urban setting you need to have a history of credit.”
“Credit is what drives a modern economy. Up to now, urban people have no title deeds. They cannot go to the bank to borrow money. So that is dead capital, but they work very hard,” Mutsvangwa said.
“The assumption was that the government was going to provide the funds, but people overlooking the existing stock of houses which have already been built which are not providing a mortgage for expansion.”
While Zanu PF accuse the opposition of running down local authorities, CCC deputy national spokesperson Gift Ostallos Siziba yesterday said they were a new party altogether.
“We are a new political organisation, we are not in Parliament. Our first participation in forming a local government will be on March 26.
“Anything else, we are not in government, we are not in the Cabinet. We are a new political organisation formed weeks ago. Our entry into the political landscape of this country will be in these upcoming by-elections.”
Chamisa dumped the MDC Alliance last month to launch the CCC, but still has legislators in the august house.