Prof Ncube tears into cor­rupt coun­cil­lors

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Nqo­bile Tshili Chronicle Cor­re­spon­dent

MDC pres­i­dent Pro­fes­sor Welsh­man Ncube has ripped into the cor­rupt Bu­l­awayo coun­cil­lors call­ing them ‘mafia gangs’ mas­querad­ing as res­i­dents’ rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Pub­lic Works and Na­tional Hous­ing Min­is­ter Saviour Ka­sukuwere last week sus­pended five coun­cil­lors in­clud­ing the city’s deputy mayor Gift Banda for al­leged cor­rup­tion. Oth­ers are Clrs Charles Moyo (Ward nine), Mzama Dube (Ward 25), Reuben Matengu (Ward 21) and James Sithole (Ward seven).

All the 29 coun­cil­lors in Bu­l­awayo are from MDC-T.

Only five coun­cil­lors were found clean and the rest are set to ap­pear be­fore a tri­bunal to an­swer to cor­rup­tion charges at a date to be an­nounced.

Prof Ncube, in an opin­ion piece, said the rev­e­la­tions of cor­rup­tion in the City of Kings were night­mar­ish and in­fu­ri­at­ing.

“Read­ing the re­port on the go­ings on at City Hall, one can­not help but feel white hot rage. I kept hav­ing the sense that I am in a bad dream and will wake up to great re­lief. We can­not af­ford to have ‘mafia gangs’ dis­guised as coun­cil­lors do­ing ir­reg­u­lar is­su­ing of ten­ders, cor­rupt land deals, nepo­tism and loot­ing of coun­cil prop­erty for per­sonal gain,” said Prof Ncube.

He said it was un­think­able that coun­cil­lors who were elected to pro­mote res­i­dents in­ter­ests have turned a blind a eye on their con­sti­tu­tional man­date and fo­cused on loot­ing.

Al­though only five coun­cil­lors were sus­pended the Gov­ern­ment’s au­dit re­vealed that most of the city fa­thers were in­volved in un­der­hand deal­ings.

The coun­cil­lors who came out clean in­clude the Mayor Clr Martin Moyo (Ward three), Clr Mon­ica Lu­bimbi (Ward 29), Clr Con­cilia Mlalazi (Ward 18) and Clr Lot Siz­iba (Ward 13).

Prof Ncube said the coun­cil­lors were loot­ing as if there was no to­mor­row.

He said it was in­com­pre­hen­si­ble that peo­ple elected on a demo­cratic anti-cor­rup­tion plat­form could do the things which are said to have been done.

“How is it pos­si­ble that per­sons elected by some of these house­less res­i­dents could loot as if there was no to­mor­row?” he asked.

Res­i­dents have hailed the sus­pen­sion of coun­cil­lors say­ing there is no smoke with­out fire. — @nqot­shili

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