Kasukuwere suspends Byo deputy mayor

BULAWAYO - Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere has suspended deputy mayor of Bulawayo Gift Banda and four councillors over alleged corruption involving land in the city.

The suspension followed a probe ordered to look into the affairs of the Bulawayo City Council after residents alleged councillors were parcelling out vast tracts of land to themselves.

Yesterday, Kasukuwere suspended Banda and his four colleagues — Charles Moyo, Mzama Dube, Reuben Matengu and James Sithole — after he was presented with the findings of the investigating team he dispatched to the city in May.

He cited improper allocation of land to councillors, a flawed tendering process and poor local governance as having been the major issues raised in the report by the investigation team.

“In the interest of allowing council to operate as an autonomous body, in line with devolution, I have been watching Bulawayo but when a council does not operate within the parameters of our laws then it is my constitutional duty to intervene and that is why I am here today,” said Kasukuwere.

“I will be leaving my officials to deal with the specific issues. They will facilitate the council to come up with a recovery matrix and based on the cooperation and the actual matrix I will make my final decision regarding the Bulawayo City Council,” Kasukuwere said.

The MDC, which controls most urban councils, yesterday condemned Kasukuwere’s move which they said was inspired by Zanu PF’s desire to decimate the councils it runs.

“We anticipated this ever since Kasukuwere started pushing the Local Amendment Bill. So we are not surprised at all,” MDC deputy provincial spokesperson Felix Mafa said.

“We all know that Kasukuwere is a political animal who is now using his political machinations to destabilise the MDC in urban centres.”BULAWAYO - LOCAL Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere has suspended deputy mayor of Bulawayo Gift Banda and four councillors over alleged corruption involving land in the city.

The suspension followed a probe ordered to look into the affairs of the Bulawayo City Council after residents alleged councillors were parcelling out vast tracts of land to themselves.

Yesterday, Kasukuwere suspended Banda and his four colleagues — Charles Moyo, Mzama Dube, Reuben Matengu and James Sithole — after he was presented with the findings of the investigating team he dispatched to the city in May.

He cited improper allocation of land to councillors, a flawed tendering process and poor local governance as having been the major issues raised in the report by the investigation team.

“In the interest of allowing council to operate as an autonomous body, in line with devolution, I have been watching Bulawayo but when a council does not operate within the parameters of our laws then it is my constitutional duty to intervene and that is why I am here today,” said Kasukuwere.

“I will be leaving my officials to deal with the specific issues. They will facilitate the council to come up with a recovery matrix and based on the cooperation and the actual matrix I will make my final decision regarding the Bulawayo City Council,” Kasukuwere said.

The MDC, which controls most urban councils, yesterday condemned Kasukuwere’s move which they said was inspired by Zanu PF’s desire to decimate the councils it runs.

“We anticipated this ever since Kasukuwere started pushing the Local Amendment Bill. So we are not surprised at all,” MDC deputy provincial spokesperson Felix Mafa said.

“We all know that Kasukuwere is a political animal who is now using his political machinations to destabilise the MDC in urban centres.”

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