Mwonzora Dislodges Chamisa In Bulawayo
9 August 2021
MDC-T president Douglas Mwonzora is now controlling seventy-five (75) per cent of the MDC Alliance Councillors in Bulawayo, a local Councillor has claimed.
Bulawayo Ward 24 Councillor, Batirai Dube, said only 5 Councillors out of the 20 MDC Alliance Councillors in the city recently disapproved a proposal by the Bulawayo City Council (BCC) to construct a mayoral house in Selbourne Park for ZWL$25 million (almost US$295 000).
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BCC proposed to construct a new house rather than renovate a double-storey council property which had been identified as the mayoral official residence, located in Hornung Golf Club in Burnside.
Councillors loyal to MDC Alliance president Nelson Chamisa believes those funds can be used to improve service delivery. Dube, who is linked to the Chamisa camp, told CITE:
We distance ourselves from this move to divert resources set aside for service delivery.
We are not part of that. As MDC Alliance councillors we were outclassed when the issue was being discussed.
It was only the five of us out of 20. This shows Mwonzora is in control in Bulawayo.
As MDC Alliance we are for the people, we are pro-people and we have to be with the people.
We are not part of the decision making processes that result in corrupt tendencies, as there are now plans to build houses for senior council management.
MDC Alliance Bulawayo Provincial Spokesperson, Swithern Chirowodza, said the proposal is a violation of Article 4.1 of the MDC Alliance Constitution, which states among other things that “the MDC Alliance is a pro-poor, people-centred social democratic movement.” Said Chirowodza:
As such the behaviour of members deployed to public office must show subservience to the party constitution and demonstrate that the MDC Alliance is a progeny of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions.
The shenanigans at BCC show clearly that residents don’t have control over councillors and the local authorities themselves.
Article 2.14.3 (viii) of the MDC Alliance Smart Pledge states that the party will have a non-profit approach to public institutions. But Mguni’s profligacy is daylight robbery.
Meanwhile, MDC-T National Spokesperson, Witness Dube said the city mayor deserved proper accommodation, as it was a standard procedure all over the world.