BULAWAYO governor Cain Mathema has been accused of usurping the powers of the city’s mayor Japhet Ndabeni Ncube by taking over the running of several key areas of the city.
Information gathered by the Zimbabwe Independent this week show that Mathema has taken control of the committee responsible for organising state functions that include the Independence Day celebrations and Heroes Day commemorations.
Mathema has also taken charge of the Aids Action Committee, the Provincial Development Committee, the committee responsible for co-ordinating drought relief programmes in the city and the Civil Protection Committee.
Before Mathema’s appointment, the Bulawayo City Council ran all these committees. Councillors have complained about Mathema’s moves.
But Ncube denied that Mathema had usurped his powers.
“We were in charge of those functions before because we were the rightful authority to deal with those issues at the time. But now that Mathema has taken over these committees it is fine since they involve state intervention,” Ncube said.