Banda hear­ing post­poned

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Nqo­bile Tshili Chron­i­cle Cor­re­spon­dent Aux­ilia Ka­ton­go­mara Chron­i­cle Reporter

SUS­PENDED Bu­l­awayo deputy mayor Gift Banda and another coun­cil­lor have ex­pressed dis­ap­point­ment for be­ing kept in the dark over their im­pend­ing hear­ings, fol­low­ing a false start yes­ter­day.

Clr Banda and Clr Reuben Matengu were sup­posed to ap­pear be­fore a three-mem­ber tri­bunal yes­ter­day but the hear­ing did not kick off.

A source said there were some chal­lenges that led to the hear­ing be­ing post­poned to a date that is yet to be an­nounced.

The source re­fused to re­veal what the hold-up was.

How­ever, the sus­pended duo told The Chron­i­cle that they were still in the dark re­gard­ing the hear­ing.

They said since their sus­pen­sion they have not re­ceived any com­mu­ni­ca­tion from the Min­istry of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Pub­lic Works and Na­tional Hous­ing.

Clr Banda said fail­ure by the par­ent min­istry to com­mu­ni­cate with them was wor­ry­ing.

“As the ac­cused I haven’t been told about the case. I don’t even know that the tri­bunal has been set be­sides what I read in The Chron­i­cle,” said Clr Banda.

He said he was sur­prised to learn that he was sup­posed to ap­pear be­fore a tri­bunal THOU­SANDS of Bu­l­awayo res­i­dents on Tues­day turned up for the Heal­ing Jesus Cam­paign cru­sade at the White City Sta­dium ex­pect­ing mir­a­cles and sal­va­tion.

The cru­sade led by Ghana­ian Evan­ge­list Dag He­ward Mills drew Chris­tians from many de­nom­i­na­tions. The sta­dium was packed and park­ing space was hard to se­cure.

The event be­gan with praise and wor­ship from the com­bined choir, with many in the crowd join­ing the singers on stage as they led them in pop­u­lar hymns such as Al­pha and Omega and Jesus Loves me, Yes I Know.

When Evan­ge­list He­ward Mills came on stage at about 8.30PM, the ex­pec­tant crowd yes­ter­day yet noth­ing was com­mu­ni­cated to him.

Clr Banda said the min­istry should in­form them in time of its in­ten­tions as they do not want to be am­bushed.

His views were echoed by Clr Matengu who said he was still in the dark re­gard­ing his sus­pen­sion.

Clr Matengu said the Gov­ern­ment should ex­pe­dite the process so that his name can be cleared.

“This is af­fect­ing me be­cause I be­lieve I con­sulted and every­thing was done above board,” he said.

The Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary in the Min­istry of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Pub­lic Works and Na­tional Hous­ing, En­gi­neer Ge­orge Mlilo, on Tues­day said the Gov­ern­ment can­not de­ter­mine the pe­riod that will be taken by the tri­bunal to in­ves­ti­gate the case.

Two weeks ago the Gov­ern­ment ex­on­er­ated three other coun­cil­lors Charles Moyo (Ward Nine), Mzama Dube (Ward 25) and James Sithole (Ward Seven) af­ter in­crim­i­nat­ing ev­i­dence could not be found against them.

The five coun­cil­lors were sus­pended re­cently on al­le­ga­tions that they al­lo­cated them­selves large tracts of land with­out fol­low­ing proper pro­ce­dures.

The Bu­l­awayo Pro­gres­sive Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion raised concerns over the land grab­bing by the coun­cil­lors and the Gov­ern­ment took ac­tion. — @nqot­shili

Thou­sands at­tend Heal­ing Jesus Cam­paign cru­sade

went into a frenzy with cheers and ul­u­la­tions.

The in­ter­preter of the night, Rev­erend Paul Da­masane was a mar­vel to watch with his elo­quent isiNde­bele and witty in­ter­pre­ta­tions thrilling the crowd.

Some res­i­dents who at­tended the cru­sade told Chron­i­cle that they were op­ti­mistic of re­ceiv­ing mir­a­cles.

“I came as early as 3PM and waited pa­tiently for Evan­ge­list Mills. I want to hear the word of God and the Man of God de­liv­ered on his word,” said Mrs Noku­lunga Bhebhe from Old Mag­wegwe.

Mr Nor­man Taruvinga from Water­ford said it was a rare op­por­tu­nity to at­tend a cru­sade where trans­port is pro­vided for free.

“I have heard about the cam­paign but when I saw buses near my home, I felt some­thing telling me to go and hear the word of God,” said Mr Taruvinga. — @Aux­il­iaK

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