By Dumisani Nyoni
Bulawayo, September 21, 2016 – BULAWAYO residents have welcomed the decision by Local Government Minister, Saviour Kasukuwere to suspend Bulawayo deputy mayor and four other city councillors on corruption allegations, but were quick to point out that the minister should also resign because he was equally corrupt.
Kasukuwere on Tuesday suspended Bulawayo deputy mayor Gift Banda alongside councillors Charles Moyo (ward 9), James Sithole (ward 7), Mzama Dube (ward 25) and Reuben Matengu (ward 21) on corruption allegations.
However, following the suspension, Bulawayo residents raised mixed feelings with some saying the controversial Zanu PF political commissar was right while others said he has no moral authority to do so as he was equally corrupt.
“The move is quite good because corruption has no place in our community. We don’t want it. However, what is worrying is that the very person who is doing that is equally corrupt. We know for a fact that he owns a 50 bedroom mansion in Harare and acres of land that he could not account for,” said Ntokozo Vuma, a city resident.
Nomathemba Jubane said the move was more political.
“In as much as these councillors are corrupt, I feel the move was political. Zanu PF has been, for a long time, trying to destabilise Bulawayo City Council but failing. Now they have succeeded. They are trying to pacify them ahead of 2018 elections,” she said.
BCC is largely controlled by the opposition MDC led by former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.
The Zimbabwe People First led by former Vice President Joice Mujuru said by suspending the councillors, Zanu PF had shown it did not tolerate competitors in the game of corruption.
Bulawayo Progressive Residents’ Association coordinator Rodrick Fayayo welcomed the move but said he hoped this was not inspired by political rivalry between Zanu PF and the main opposition.
“Any move directed at weeding out corruption in Bulawayo City Council is welcome. However, our prayer as an organisation is that politics should not get into this anti-corruption move,” he said.