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Bulawayo Town Clerk, councillors war far from over

by Staff reporter
13 Jun 2018 at 16:28hrs | Views
The war between Bulawayo Town Clerk Christopher Dube and councillors is far from over with the latter accusing the former of jumping the gun in his conduct.

On April 6 this year, Dube - who is under fire from councillors - wrote a letter to government seeking protection and calling on the responsible ministry to stop the city fathers from interfering with his work.

This was after the councillors had earlier on ganged up to issue him with a 30-day ultimatum to implement key council resolutions or face the axe. The councillors accused the town clerk of shutting out investors and making potential investors lose confidence in the city's call for investment among other things.

However, in a latest sign of a sustained conflict the councillors have also penned another letter to the ministry's permanent secretary arguing that it was within their rights to ensure quality service delivery.

In the process, the councillors also accused the town clerk of being out of bounds.

"From the outset, it is important to make it clear that as councillors ..., we are conscious of the need to act in terms of the strict letter of the law as we go about our business of ensuring we bring world-class service delivery to the City of Bulawayo," reads part of the letter referenced Intervention on procurement procedures.

"We are further concerned that you seem to have accepted the notion that we have vested interests in the procurement processes other than our interest as duly elected councillors."

Bulawayo Progressive Residents Association (BUPRA) coordinator Roderick Fayayo recently said only a forensic investigation was the solution to the squabbling in the council.

"As it is as residents we don't know which is which. A forensic audit from either the Auditor-General or any independent and trusted entity would lay bare to residents who are critical stakeholders, what exactly is happening.

"It is from that audit that residents will be able to determine the course of action to take," he said.

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