Town Clerk urges Byo res­i­dents to shift from elec­tion mode

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BU­L­AWAYO Town Clerk Mr Christo­pher Dube has said peo­ple should not con­tinue to be in elec­tion mode but must shift their fo­cus to de­vel­op­ing the city while work­ing with elected coun­cil­lors.

Speak­ing at a meet­ing or­gan­ised by the Bu­l­awayo Pro­gres­sive Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion and the Zim­babwe Lawyers for Hu­man Rights, Mr Dube said res­i­dents should part­ner coun­cil in pro­mot­ing the city’s de­vel­op­men­tal agenda. He said coun­cil em­ploy­ees are non-po­lit­i­cal and serve all res­i­dents with­out dis­crim­i­nat­ing on race, gen­der and class.

Mr Dube said res­i­dents should work closely with their coun­cil­lors in­stead of politi­cis­ing de­vel­op­men­tal is­sues.

“Why should we con­tinue to be in the elec­tion mode? It’s time we push for de­vel­op­ment. A councillor might be elected on a ticket that you don’t like but if s/he is a councillor we should know that they a councillor for a ward not a party,” said Mr Dube. The Town Clerk urged res­i­dents to pay bills say­ing it will be im­pos­si­ble for the mu­nic­i­pal­ity to deliver ser­vices when res­i­dents are not playing their part. Mr Dube dis­missed un­sub­stan­ti­ated claims that he was cor­rupt.

The Af­fir­ma­tive Ac­tion Group has in the past ac­cused Mr Dube among other of­fi­cials of be­ing cor­rupt, claims that have been dis­missed as false.

The Town Clerk said no in­vestor would pour re­sources into an in­sti­tu­tion headed by an al­leged cor­rupt leader.

“We do all we can to sell our­selves that as Bu­l­awayo we are ready for busi­ness but as res­i­dents we don’t have a cul­ture of pro­mot­ing our city. Oth­ers would be busy throw­ing stones at our work. If you check the me­dia, it is re­port­ing un­sub­stan­ti­ated cor­rup­tion claims about me as the Town Clerk of Bu­l­awayo, yet we would be say­ing we want in­vest­ment,” he said.

“Who would in­vest in the city when the Town Clerk is ac­cused of be­ing cor­rupt? All they say is Dube is cor­rupt. If I’m not wanted as the city’s Town Clerk I will not serve even one hour if res­i­dents no longer want me. I’m not say­ing I want to quit my job. I love my job but I’m say­ing I de­serve re­spect as the city’s Town Clerk, stop go­ing around in­sult­ing me for things that I haven’t done.”-@nqot­shili

Mr Christo­pher Dube

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