Local Government Minister Saviour Kasukuwere has responded to Harare Mayor, Bernard Manyenyeni‘s comments that his decision to cancel a decision by Harare City Council to sell a Newlands commercial stand to the mayor for $106 000 was done to “fix him”. Kasukuwere says he cancelled the decision because the city wanted to sell the stand for a song.
Speaking to The Herald, director Policy Planning and Programmes Coordination in the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Mr Nathan Nkomo said Minister Kasukuwere had been disturbed by Clr Manyenyeni who thought that he was always out to fix him. He said:
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The ministerial decision to rescind the council resolution to sell 5 300 square metres Newlands Commercial Stand to him for a song was not personal. All the circulars generated by the ministry are sent to the 32 urban local authorities, not only Harare. They are meant to direct and regulate them.
Nkomo also said there was nothing wrong with Manyenyeni acquiring the stand in a transparent and prudent manner.