The party wanted to use the Bulawayo City council‘s pavilion at the trade fair grounds without the consent of the local authority, the city’s deputy mayor confirmed to Radio VOP.
“Zanu-PF wanted to use our property at their conference without following formal procedures. Council treats every organisation and individuals as equal .If the party want to use our facilities they should follow the proper procedures,” said the city’s deputy mayor Amen Mpofu.
Mpofu said Zanu-PF had negotiated with the ZITF Company for the premises instead of directly engaging the council over the issue.
“That pavilion is not owned by ZITF Company. It is owned by the council and we do not know why Zanu-PF is negotiating with a second party,” he said.
Zanu-PF scheduled to hold its congress from 6 to 10 December in the city has also announced its intention to use the facilities of some government colleges and schools in the city to accommodate its delegates without paying anything to the institutions.
The former ruling party has also been using the public transporter, Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (ZUPCO) to transport its supporters to political rallies and conferences without paying anything as well.
The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) has also attacked Zanu-PF’s intended plan to use state resources without paying for them.
“It is wrong for Zanu-PF to try to use public facilities without paying anything. In April we held our congress in the city and we were denied accommodation at most government institutions in the city despite the fact that we wanted to pay for the services. We ended up hiring private companies,” said Tabitha Khumalo, the MDC –T deputy national spokesperson.