Kasukuwere railroads Senate to pass Local Govt Bill

Source: Kasukuwere railroads Senate to pass Local Govt Bill – NewsDay Zimbabwe July 1, 2016

LOCAL Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere yesterday railroaded the Senate to pass the controversial Local Government Amendment Bill despite protests from opposition legislators, who argued that the proposed law was unconstitutional.

by Staff Reporter

MDC-T senators tried, to no avail, to block the passing of the Bill after they were outnumbered when the Bill was put to vote.

The opposition bench claimed the Bill had been rushed and did not represent the interests of the electorate.

The Bill seeks to give the minister sweeping powers to suspend or fire non-performing mayors and town clerks.

On Wednesday, MDC-T legislators in the National Assembly also tried in vain to block passage of the Bill, but lost due to their numerical disadvantage after the matter was put to vote.