Res­i­dents wel­come city fa­thers’ sus­pen­sions

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Chronicle - Nqo­bile Tshili Pamela Shumba

BULAWAYO res­i­dents yes­ter­day wel­comed the sus­pen­sion of five lo­cal coun­cil­lors in­clud­ing the deputy mayor coun­cil­lor Gift Banda on cor­rup­tion al­le­ga­tions.

They said the coun­try was strug­gling eco­nom­i­cally partly due to cor­rupt pub­lic of­fi­cials who bleed the econ­omy with­out be­ing ac­count­able.

On Tues­day, the Min­is­ter of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Pub­lic Works and Na­tional Hous­ing Cde Saviour Ka­sukuwere sus­pended Clr Banda and four oth­ers Charles Moyo (Ward nine), Mzama Dube (Ward 25), Reuben Matengu (Ward 21) and James Sit­hole (Ward seven).

Yes­ter­day, Bulawayo United Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion chair­per­son Mr Wi­nos Dube said rate pay­ers were happy that ac­tion had at last been taken against al­legedly cor­rupt of­fi­cials adding that the pub­lic de­served ac­count­able lead­ers.

Mr Dube said the Gov­ern­ment should do more to deal with cor­rup­tion.

“Some­thing has to be done and ac­tion should be taken. If we deal with cor­rup­tion, Zim­babwe can be great again,” said Mr Dube.

Af­fir­ma­tive Ac­tion Group vice-pres­i­dent Mr Sam Ncube said the sus­pen­sion of some city fa­thers con­firms that the con­cerns they have been rais­ing as an or­gan­i­sa­tion about cor­rup­tion at the Bulawayo City Coun­cil were not mis­placed.

“From an or­gan­i­sa­tion point of view there is no smoke with­out fire. When we were talk­ing about these things peo­ple thought we hated some peo­ple but we don’t hate any­one. We’re only rep­re­sent­ing our con­stituency. We’ve to do things the right way. We need to pro­tect Bulawayo,” he said. Bulawayo Pro­gres­sive Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion co­or­di­na­tor Mr Ro­drick Fayayo said the or­gan­i­sa­tion would take a wait and see at­ti­tude, but added that the process must not be

politi­cised.

He said au­thor­i­ties should guard against us­ing the pro­cesses for po­lit­i­cal mileage as this in­volves a Zanu-PF min­is­ter and MDC-T coun­cil­lors.

“Our think­ing is that this is a process. We will wait un­til they go to the tri­bunal and the ev­i­dence is pre­sented then we can com­ment. We think that it’s okay that steps are be­ing taken. But we don’t want the pro­cesses to be politi­cised. This is a cor­rup­tion is­sue and it should be dealt with on those grounds,” said Mr Fayayo.

Last year the AAG asked Cde Ka­sukuwere to sus­pend Clr Banda fol­low­ing his land deals.

The pres­sure group fur­ther al­leged that $8,749,914 worth of BCC ten­ders were tainted by se­ri­ous ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties due to mas­sive cor­rup­tion, nepo­tism, neg­li­gence through col­lu­sion of Bulawayo City Coun­cil of­fi­cials.

“For ex­am­ple, a ten­der for re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of fil­ter beds and clar­i­fiers to Tz­i­calle Broth­ers had been of­fi­cially awarded to Con­sol­i­dated En­gi­neers and Mer­chants (CEM), at a cost of $4,5 mil­lion. The pre­vi­ous con­trac­tor, that is CEM was paid the money but did no work, only for the same ten­der to be awarded to Tz­i­calle Broth­ers at a cost of $2,5 mil­lion. The net ef­fect of this cor­rup­tion and neg­li­gence is that in the last five years Bulawayo wa­ter has re­mained brown­ish and not safe for con­sump­tion,” AAG said. -@nqot­shili A SOLDIER has been ar­rested af­ter he went berserk and at­tempted to blow up a shop­ping com­plex in Queenspark West sub­urb, Bulawayo, us­ing dan­ger­ous ex­plo­sives fol­low­ing an al­ter­ca­tion with shop at­ten­dants.

Ad­mire Mangeya sent shop­pers, im­bibers, ven­dors and work­ers at the shop­ping com­plex run­ning for their lives at about 4PM on Tues­day af­ter he set the ex­plo­sives in protest over a spilt glass of beer.

He was im­me­di­ately ap­pre­hended by the po­lice who re­cov­ered the ex­plo­sives.

Wit­nesses, who could not iden­tify the type of ex­plo­sives, said an army bomb squad told them that if they had det­o­nated, they would have razed the en­tire com­plex.

When The Chron­i­cle vis­ited Mangeya’s rented home in Queenspark West yes­ter­day morn­ing, po­lice of­fi­cers and of­fi­cials from the Zim­babwe Na­tional Army One In­fantry Brigade were search­ing his house for ex­plo­sives.

The ex­er­cise took more than an hour dur­ing which a hand­cuffed Mangeya and his wife, only iden­ti­fied as Mai Craig, were as­sist­ing de­tec­tives with the search.

Shop at­ten­dants at Re­gal Su­per­mar­ket at the shop­ping com­plex told The Chron­i­cle that Mangeya lost his mar­bles af­ter one of them spilled his glass of beer while he was play­ing pool with friends.

“We usu­ally have a prob­lem with peo­ple who come to our shop to play pool. They cheat by us­ing old coins as to­kens. Mangeya and his friends were play­ing the game and my aunt, Ms Rumbidzai Muk­erekete, ap­proached them and told them to no­tify her be­fore they punch to­kens into the ma­chine.

“She ac­ci­den­tally spilled Mangeya’s drink and he be­came an­gry and vi­o­lent, threat­en­ing to beat us up. He shouted ob­scen­i­ties at the top of his voice. He even­tu­ally calmed down af­ter some shop­pers spoke to him and we re­im­bursed him $1 for his drink and promised to buy his wa­ter glass,” said Miss Mary Shumba, one of the work­ers at Re­gal Su­per­mar­ket.

She said Mangeya went away but later came back with some ex­plo­sives that he con­nected to elec­tric ca­bles while he was sit­ting at the en­trance to the shop.

“Ini­tially we thought it was a joke but we re­alised that he was se­ri­ous af­ter he left the ex­plo­sives at the door and stood at a dis­tance.

“Peo­ple started scream­ing for help and fled from the shops. Af­ter the ex­plo­sives failed to det­o­nate at the ex­pected time, he ran back to re­set them.

“For­tu­nately there were po­lice of­fi­cers nearby who quickly ap­pre­hended him and took away the ex­plo­sives,” said a ter­ri­fied Ms Shumba.

She added that Mangeya was ar­rested and taken to Queenspark Po­lice Sta­tion.

A vis­i­bly trau­ma­tised Ms Muk­erekete was sob­bing yes­ter­day and strug­gled to nar­rate “the ter­ri­fy­ing in­ci­dent” to this news­pa­per.

Bulawayo po­lice spokesper­son In­spec­tor Pre­cious Si­mango yes­ter­day de­clined to com­ment, re­fer­ring ques­tions to the ZNA.

ZNA pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer Lieu­tenant Colonel Al­phios Mako­tore yes­ter­day said he could not com­ment as he had not re­ceived in­for­ma­tion about the in­ci­dent.

“I can’t help you be­cause I’m in a meet­ing,” added Lt Col Mako­tore.

The shop­ping com­plex in Queenspark West sub­urb, Bulawayo Po­lice of­fi­cers with a hand­cuffed Ad­mire Mangeya

Mr Sam Ncube

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