Mayor rides to work on bike

Mayor Matenda Madzoke, of Zanu (PF) has rejected an official vehicle and uses a bicycle to get and from work. But the MDC-T secretary for local government, Blessing Chebundo, says this is just to cover up flaws in his party.

Matenda Madzoke
Matenda Madzoke

The council of the small mining town last year passed a resolution to purchase a mayoral vehicle for $68,000 and paid a $ 38,000 deposit on a new 4×4 Toyota D Tec. But Madzoke instructed council “to withdraw the deposit money and instead buy a refuse truck in order to improve service delivery.”

Last week the mayor again hit headlines after he embarked on a campaign of cycling to work. He also cycled in the city’s central business district making stops at key buildings like supermarkets and utility service centres where he told people his campaign was to show that he is a humble person who wants to identify with the ordinary folk.

Chebundo who was controversially defeated by Zanu (PF)’s Masango Matambanadzo in the parliamentary race for the Kwekwe Central seat last year, dismissed the mayor’s “benevolence” as an unfortunate example of political grandstanding.

“The mayor is trying to win sympathy. Zanu (PF) has made life so difficult for the people of Kwekwe and Zimbabwe in general. So it does not make sense that he wants to show fake solidarity with the struggling people who are smarting from the bad economic policies of his party. He should say clearly what he is doing about issues like corruption instead of political grandstanding,” he said.

“We still have small scale miners who are saying Zanu (PF) is cheating them and grabbing gold claims. What is the mayor doing about such issues happening under his nose?”

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