Bura challenges council to appoint Bulawayo City CEO
BULAWAYO United Residents Association (Bura) has challenged the city council to expedite the appointment of a substantive Bulawayo City FC chief executive officer for the smooth running of the club.
At present, Mckenzie Moyo, a senior executive in the municipality, is the acting chief executive officer in a set-up that has Jerry Sibanda, Moyo’s subordinate in council, as the chairman of the club.
“Our prayers are that Moyo will not be in that position forever. We believe they should be appointing someone substantive soon because it’s more of double dipping for Moyo to continue in that position,” said Bura chairman Winos Dube.
Sources have claimed that Moyo overrules decisions by the football committee saying he does so in the interest of council in his capacity as deputy director of housing and community services.
Dube also said calls for council to abandon the football club project were misdirected and unfortunate as the presence of many clubs in the city had seen Bulawayo’s weekend life becoming more exciting.
“As residents we are fully behind this project. This is the trend the world over and why should we as Bulawayo be denied this opportunity. The more teams we have in Bulawayo, the better for the city, as it also improves its tourism life.
“For people to say council must abandon this noble project is really unfortunate. To us this is a huge project which has benefited our children through employment, while businesses of whatever size have also benefited,” said Dube.
He said council always had facilities for such amenities, not just football, as evidenced by the numerous community centres in the high density suburbs. Bulawayo City FC have survived relegation in their first year of top flight football.
Even the suspension of head coach Philani “Beefy” Ncube could not derail the project, as the team picked up a number of crucial points — @skhumoyo2000.