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New twist to Tsvangirai 'accolade'

by Staff reporter
09 May 2013 at 06:53hrs | Views
Bulawayo City Council yesterday made a major volte-face over proposals to honour PM Morgan Tsvangirai with the Freedom of City award, saying the matter was yet to be raised in council.

Debate over the civic honour has been raging for the past few weeks and there were suggestions that the matter would be discussed at the full council meeting yesterday evening.

In a full council meeting, acting mayor Phenias Ndlovu said it was unfortunate that some organisations were this week distributing flyers in the city urging residents to throng the council chambers in the hope that the emotive issue would be up for debate.

However, the Council didn't have the item on its agenda and councillors don't know when it will be brought for debate.

Councillors spoken to did not give a hint on whether it was true that council had endorsed a proposal from the MDC-T-dominated council to give the award to Tsvangirai.

Besides proposing to honour the Premier, Deputy Prime Minister Thokozani Khupe and Minister of Water Resources Development and Management Samuel Sipepa Nkomo were also lined up for the award.

The Freedom of the City issue has drawn sharp criticism from residents and political parties and divided the MDC-T-led council.

Some sections of the community say Tsvangirai does not deserve the honour because he has not contributed anything to Bulawayo.

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