Bulawayo City Council (BCC) wants Zanu-PF to pay so that it can host President Robert Mugabe’s interface rally in White City Stadium and Ingubo Primary School.
Bulawayo Provincial Administrator Mrs Khonzani Ncube wrote to the council requesting the free use of the White City Stadium for the interface rally. Ward 1 councillor Mlandu Ncube (MDC-T) moved the motion saying council property should not be used to promote a political programme. He also said someone within BCC had already approved the Provincial Administrator’s request before council had passed a resolution on the matter. Said Ncube:
The interface is a political gathering attended by a political party with people wearing political regalia. So I don’t see how we should allow political gatherings to use residents’ property for free. The Provincial Administrator should have made it clear that she was applying for a political gathering not a national event. It seems someone seems to be usurping our powers because we have not agreed that political gatherings be held at the White City for free. The council should be allowed to use its powers to make resolutions.
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Deputy Mayor Clr Gift Banda seconded the motion and requested the issue to be moved to the council committee.