MDC-T president Morgan Tsvangirai last week told Bulawayo councillors that the party is closely monitoring all local authorities under their control to ensure efficient service delivery.
Tsvangirai said it was important for local authorities to discharge their duties efficiently, as this would be a demonstration that the party was ready to govern.
“We are very much aware of the challenges Bulawayo is facing, but it has been the best run city in the country,” he said.
“I don’t know what your trick is, but you must maintain that reputation.”
The former premier was addressing 21 councillors from MDC-T at the council chambers before touring projects.
He told the councillors that the aim of his visit was to monitor whether the MDC-T-dominated councils were adhering to the party’s social democratic values.
“As a party, it is key that we supervise all programmes set up by all councils that we control, as that is part of accountability and for us to fulfil promises we made,” he said.
“Other cities are struggling, but we should assist them in providing social services.
“We should show that we are ready and able to rule.”
He said it was crucial for Bulawayo to attract investments, though he noted that perennial water shortages and frequent power cuts were major threats.