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Greedy MDC councillors plan to oust top BCC management

by Ndou Paul
10 Jul 2019 at 22:12hrs | Views
THE Bulawayo Progressive Residents Association (BPRA), a non-governmental organisation (NGO) claims that a faction of corrupt MDC councillors in the Bulawayo City Council (BCC) who appear to have vested interest in the procurement process of the council is now planning to get the BCC top management including the Town Clerk fired.

Bulawayo has been controlled by the MDC, has long been accused of being an enemy of progress, since 2000.

In pursuance of 'kuzvidira jecha/ukuthela inhlabathi' philosophy, these councillors want to influence the tender and procurement processes and are now accusing the management of being incompetent in implementing their resolutions.

BPRA claims that it is in possession of the evidence


"These councilors want to influence the tender and procurement processes and are now accusing the management of being incompetent in implementing their resolutions.

Under the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Act councilors, however, do not play a part in procurement processes.

The last group of councillors was warned against putting pressure on the management seems like once again the management has received another corrupt group.
Sometime in January 2019, it was reported that the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) opened an investigation against 23 MDC councillors and two National Assembly members implicated in a $60 million tender scandal.

Other charges are related to the sell of stands to MDC councillors in a self-enriching scam.

The councillors accused in the stands scam include Sithabile Mataka, Thabitha Ngwenya, Gladys Masuku, Macdonald Chunga, Tamani Moyo, Nephat Sibanda, Clayton Zana, Thobani Ncube, Collet Ndlovu, Siboniso Khumalo, Reuben Matengu, Mazama Dube, Gideon Mangena and former councilor Edward Manning.

The probe stems from a Bulawayo City Council report compiled by an investigating team made up of Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing top officials.

A tip-off from the Bulawayo provincial administrator's office in August 2015 precipitated the investigations which exposed the suspended Zifa vice president Mr Banda, Makokoba MP Mr James Sithole and Cllr Charles Moyo of Ward 9.

Government's probe team interrogated council's pricing model for land to councillors, council officials and the public.

Investigators also looked at the procurement system and whether due was done in terms of the Urban Councils Act (Chapter 29:15).

After perusing council minutes, tender documents, maps and policy documents, the Government investigation team headed by Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Ministry director engineering services, Engineer Hungwe, unearthed that council awarded a $59, 6 million tender to Terracotta without following proper procedure.


Source - Byo24News
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