Move Parly to Byo: Ncube

MDC president Welshman Ncube told church leaders on Thursday that he had asked government to consider a proposal to relocate Parliament to Bulawayo.

Welshman Ncube: Zanu (PF) will not touch Byo stimulus package.
Welshman Ncube: Zanu (PF) will not touch Byo stimulus package.

He said no extra expense would be incurred by the government as there were already plans afoot to build a new parliament.

“Government already has plans for the project and a venue that they had identified in Harare has proven to be unaffordable. So we are saying let the building come to Bulawayo," Ncube said.

Official sources say the Chinese government has agreed to help fund the construction of a new Parliament in the Kopje area of Harare at a projected cost of about $10 million. The existing building has become too small for its MPs and Senators.

"The benefits to be brought to Bulawayo include creation of employment, and a boost for the catering and hotel industries," Ncube said.

"This is also not new if you look at the practice from our neighbouring country in South Africa where the legislature is in Cape Town and the Executive is housed in Pretoria."

Church leaders reportedly expressed concern to Ncube about a $40million stimulus package for Bulawayo industries that Zanu (PF) says will be managed by the fabulously rich Mines and Mining Development Minister Obert Mpofu.

“Zanu (PF) has no hand in this money and I want to assure you that they will never even touch it, we are watching it closely to make sure that this money reaches its intended destination,” said Ncube.

He told the church leaders that Mugabe's allegations that the MDC factions did not want the GNU to expire because they were enjoying ruling, were mistaken.

“I want to tell you that we are not enjoying a stay in this government, as you see the agreements we make continue to be violated. We have the security sector that undermines us, we don’t honestly wish to have this arrangement last another day, but we want to make sure that Zimbabwe doesn’t return to the pre-2008 period of contested results. For that reason we are pushing for a constitution and conditions for a free and fair election,” he said.

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