Five Bulawayo City councillors including
deputy mayor Councillor Gift Banda have been
suspended by the Minister of Local
Government, Public Works and National
Housing, Cde Saviour Kasukuwere for
corruption.
Cde Kasukuwere, who was in the city to
present findings of a Government stipulated
investigation on the local authority, said
more suspensions should be expected if other
councillors that have been spared for now
fail to defend their cases.
The suspended councillors are Clrs Banda
(ward five), Charles Moyo (ward nine),
Mzama Dube (ward 25), Reuben Matengu
(ward 21) and James Sithole (ward seven).
“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.
“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,” said
Cde Kasukuwere.
The Minister revealed that just five out of
the 29 councillors were found not to be
corrupt; a situation he said was worrying.
The suspended councillors were immediately
given their suspension letters, with the
Minister revealing that they will be setting
up an independent tribunal in the next two
weeks for them to defend their cases.
Details to follow…