MDC party spokesperson, Daniel Molekeli, said yesterday dismissed allegations that the dispute that broke between Bulawayo deputy mayor, Tinashe Kambarami, and the town clerk, Christopher Dube, were tribalistic. He said that they were merely internal service delivery issues.
His remarks come after Kambarami and Dube recently quarrelled after Kambarami last week suspended Dube. The Mayor who was absent when Dube was suspended came and reisntated Dube saying the suspension destabilised the Council.
Commenting on the matter, Molekele said
The party has not failed to deal with tribalism in the Bulawayo province; in fact there is no tribalism to talk about in the first place.
It is unfortunate that whenever two people from different tribes clash those who are watching interpret it as tribalism. This is an internal issue; the situation has de-escalated from what happened last week which was an unfortunate incident. For now we have engaged the mayor and the deputy mayor to map a common way forward.
Kambarami was also recently dragged to the High Court by 1893 Mthwakazi Restoration Movement Trust, which argues that he is not fit to hold a post in council since he is an ex-convict.
Some observers including Bulawayo-based analyst Angelstone Sibanda believe tribalism is always the issue. Sibanda also blames the MDC for failing to handle the matters democratically. Sibanda said:
Issues always boil down to tribalism in Bulawayo because of the unresolved issues that have to do with Gukurahundi and the physical violence that occurred in history.
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