Byo Mayor, town clerk taken to task

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Jeffrey Muvundusi
in BULAWAYO

BULAWAYO Progressive Residents Association (Bpra) has raised the red flag over Bulawayo City Council (BCC) mayor Solomon Mguni and Town Clerk Christopher Dube’s preferential treatment in the allocation of housing stands.

As a result, the residents are demanding that the two senior officials publicly declare their assets.

In a letter addressed to the BCC’s town, lands and planning committee and copied to the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) Bpra coordinator Emmanuel Ndlovu said: “We are calling on the mayor and town clerk to declare what they already own in assets in line with the Declaration of Assets and Interest Policy adopted by the BCC some time ago in keeping with section 198 of the Constitution. Moreover, we are calling for publication of the BCC expansion plans for public scrutiny.

“It is our hope that the committee shall rectify the issue and respond to these concerns that have a potential to erode public trust in council processes.”

Ndlovu questioned the relationship between the two council top officials.

“We are of the view that there has been a noticeable trend of the town clerk and the mayor doing each other favours…according to our observation, not long ago the town clerk was seen to be moving a motion that the mayor receives a vast piece of land within the city council area,” Ndlovu said.

“The mayor was eventually given the land through the town clerk’s advocacy and today, it is the mayor for the town clerk.

“As if that was not enough, we are disturbed to realise that the minutes in our possession show at least a similar attempt to do the same with the town clerk.”

This comes amid reports that the two senior officials have corruptly grabbed council land.
It is alleged that BCC offered Dube a commercial stand, Number 14661 measuring 24 407 hectares in the city’s leafy Selbourne Park. According to council minutes, the stand is adjacent to another piece of land offered to him by the same local authority as part of conditions of service.

Similarly, Mguni recently torched a storm when it emerged that council had allocated him a 2,5 hectare plot at Lower Rangemore to lease for urban farming purposes for a paltry $165 per month for 25 years.

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