Tsholot­sho CEO saga takes new twist

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THE sus­pen­sion of the Tsholot­sho Ru­ral District Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Mr Themba Moyo, has taken a new twist with al­le­ga­tions that he is viewed as a stum­bling block to a com­pany an­gling to take con­trol of con­ces­sions in a district en­dowed with a plethora of nat­u­ral re­sources.

Ac­cord­ing to some Govern­ment of­fi­cials based in Tsholot­sho who re­quested anonymity, Mr Moyo was caught up in a fight over the con­trol of con­ces­sions by two com­pa­nies, Lodzi Hunters and Matupula Hunters.

“Mr Moyo is a vic­tim of cir­cum­stances and is not the only one tar­geted by a car­tel that is mov­ing in to cap­ture the coun­cil, that car­tel in­cludes some of the coun­cil­lors. In fact the car­tel is tar­get­ing other four se­nior work­ers as well who it views as the stum­bling block in its evil machi­na­tions,” said the official.

“What hap­pened is that the pre­vi­ous coun­cil re­solved to ex­tend the con­ces­sion for Matupula Hunters for the next five years be­cause of what the com­pany has been do­ing for the peo­ple of Tsholot­sho District. How­ever, the new coun­cil has de­cided that they re-ten­der the con­ces­sion. They want to re­scind the de­ci­sion of the pre­vi­ous coun­cil and go for re-ten­der and the sus­pi­cion is that they want an­other com­pany to take over the con­ces­sion from Matupula.”

The official said on the day Mr Moyo was sus­pended there were wild cel­e­bra­tions at the growth point at the premises of a lo­cal busi­ness­man (name supplied) and in at­ten­dance were some coun­cil­lors and a coun­cil official who overnight has be­come rich, two chiefs and work­ers from a hunt­ing com­pany.

Tsholot­sho Ward 11 Coun­cil­lor Pa­trick Ng­wenya said the sus­pen­sion was un­law­ful.

Some of the ac­cu­sa­tions against Mr Moyo are that he caused a bank ac­count in the name of Tsholot­sho RDC Sta­dium to be opened at CBZ with­out ob­tain­ing a coun­cil res­o­lu­tion and the ac­count had sig­na­to­ries who were not em­ploy­ees of Tsholot­sho RDC in vi­o­la­tion of stand­ing rules and reg­u­la­tions gov­ern­ing pub­lic funds or ac­counts. The con­struc­tion of the sta­dium was led by for­mer Cabi­net Min­is­ter, Pro­fes­sor Jonathan Moyo who is now in self­ex­ile.

“The CEO was sus­pended un­law­fully, on the is­sue of open­ing a bank ac­count dur­ing the talk of the con­struc­tion of the sta­dium, he was act­ing un­der the or­ders of abadala (el­ders) and he could not defy the or­ders of se­nior Govern­ment of­fi­cials. In fact how can he be fired dur­ing a full coun­cil meet­ing like it was a de­lib­er­ate ploy to at­tack him in front of all those peo­ple? He should have been served in pri­vate with his sus­pen­sion let­ter,” said Clr Ng­wenya.

“The same peo­ple who were work­ing in coun­cil and were pro-Pro­fes­sor Moyo are the same peo­ple who have or­ches­trated the CEO’s re­moval as they want to ben­e­fit. The CEO could not op­pose the Pro­fes­sor dur­ing that time, he made a sta­dium com­mit­tee that was sup­posed to over­see the con­struc­tion of the Tsholot­sho Sta­dium but this was dis­banded by the Pro­fes­sor who made his own com­mit­tee that was paid by coun­cil but made up of out­siders.”

An­other coun­cil­lor, Ge­dion Ndlovu of Ward 20 de­scribed the whole is­sue as an emo­tional de­ci­sion.

“Tem­pers won over rea­son­ing, there was no res­o­lu­tion over what hap­pened to the CEO, peo­ple used emo­tions, the whole thing was not ex­hausted. I’m not say­ing he should not have been sus­pended, but as a coun­cil we never ex­hausted the is­sue,” said Clr Ndlovu.

Ef­forts to get a comment from Mr Moyo were fruit­less but coun­cil chair­per­son, Coun­cil­lor Esau Si­wela main­tained that the sus­pen­sion of the CEO had noth­ing to do with hunt­ing con­ces­sions.

“To say that Mr Themba Moyo was sus­pended be­cause Lodzi wanted to re­move Matupula is a lie that is be­ing ped­dled by peo­ple who sup­port the wrong thing. The is­sues are not re­lated, all we want as coun­cil­lors is for peo­ple to be awarded ten­ders through fol­low­ing proper pro­ce­dures and Matupula was also sup­posed to go to ten­der. In fact the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was a di­rec­tive from the Min­istry of Lo­cal Govern­ment. The CEO was sus­pended, not fired, pend­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions on al­le­ga­tions of abuse of of­fice,” he said.

Ef­forts to get a comment from the hunt­ing com­pa­nies in the area were fruit­less.

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