Kwekwe Town is reportedly in the process of renovating the town’s mayoral mansion for the sole purpose of turning it into a lodge, the Chronicle reports. The mansion which is located in the town’s Hillandale suburb has been vacant since former Mayor Matenda Madzoke vacated the premises following a public outcry according to the publication. The current Mayor Angeline Kasipo has not moved into the mansion since assuming duty in 2018.
A source that spoke to the publication about the mansion’s renovations said:
The mansion is meant to be converted into a lodge. This is why you see renovations being carried out at the mansion. Councillors proposed that instead of it being left to lie idle like that.
This was confirmed by the Town’s Director Of Housing Edwin Chiyangwa who told a full council meeting that:
We are working with our colleagues from the engineering department and we have managed to acquire most of the material needed for the job. Very soon we will be giving feedback on the progress but the work is going on well.
When contacted for comment, Kwekwe Mayor confirmed the development and said:
Yes, we are renovating because the mansion was now in a bad state. But we are yet as council to make a decision on what to do with the house after renovations. As of now we are still concentrating on the renovations,
Councillors reportedly refused to sell the mansion saying it was against council policies.