Bura chal­lenges coun­cil to ap­point Bu­l­awayo City CEO

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sikhum­buzo Moyo Se­nior Sports Re­porter

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.

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