Another councillor showdown likely

chomboBULAWAYO - The Bulawayo city council and the controversial Minister of Local Government and Urban Development, Ignatius Chombo (Pictured), are headed for another showdown after Chombo wrote a letter to the local authority last week expressing his
intention to appoint more "special" councillors.

This follows the councils rejection of Zanu (PF) activists who were appointed by Chombo as special councillors.

Last year the Bulawayo city council flatly rejected Chombo’s attempt to smuggle losing Zanu (PF) councillors into the council under the guise of special councillors. The mayor of Bulawayo, Thaba Moyo told The Zimbabwean this week that the minister’s latest move to impose losing Zanu (PF) activists on the people of Bulawayo would not be accepted.

“Let me state categorically that the Bulawayo city council is guided by the Urban Council Act in whatever we do. The act clearly states that anybody appointed as a special councillor should be a specialist in a particular subject or field which elected councillors do not have. That person should add value to the council and it is the onus of the minister to prove this when appointing these special councillors,” said Moyo.

The mayor said when Chombo appointed loosing Zanu (PF) activists as special councillors last year, he wrote to the minister requesting the profiles of the appointees, however, the minister never responded. “Now the minister has indicated that he wants to appoint another eight people as Bulawayo special councillors. The council’s position is still the same. We will not allow known activists of political parties to be appointed special councillors at the expense of genuine representatives of the disadvantaged members of our society.

Some of the people who lost the council elections under Zanu (PF) tickets but were handpicked by Chombo are former Zanu (PF) ward councillor, Tadibana Tshuma and former Zanu (PF) councillors, Alderman David Ndlovu and Alderman Agrippa Nyathi. Bulawayo is the only local authority in the Country which has fearlessly fought Chombo over the issue of special councillors.

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