THE Zanu PF Masvingo provincial executive is divided over whether to bail out the beleaguered MDC-T- run council whose property was attached after losing a US$3,5 million salary dispute against workers in the Labour Court.
Report by Staff Writer
The MDC-T- run Masvingo council was taken to court by the municipality workers’ union after failing to pay its workforce.
Council, however, has no money and some of its assets have been attached. Zanu PF sources confirmed there was an urgent meeting aimed at devising an action plan to stop the auctioning of 43 council vehicles, among other property, by the local deputy sheriff.
“We had a meeting in which we tried to come up with an action plan to bail out the council but some members felt the MDC-T should be exposed for failing to run urban councils,” said the source.
“We want the cars to be auctioned so that people can see how bad their choice was in voting for the MDC. It is a good lesson and it is happening when elections are around the corner.”
However, some senior Zanu PF provincial members suggested that the party bails out council to prevent a complete collapse and then arrange a peaceful demonstration in the city bemoaning lack of service delivery and maladministration by the MDC-T.
If the council’s property is auctioned, the Masvingo local authority would lose top-of-the-range vehicles ranging from the mayoral Mercedes Benz, ambulances, refuse trucks, twin cabs for departmental heads and front end loaders and graders, among others.
The attachment of council property is threatening to paralyse council work and residents are living in fear of disease outbreaks after many went through the festive season without running water. Refuse has also accumulated to unbearable levels since garbage trucks were attached.
However Masvingo mayor Femias Chakabuda took a swipe at Zanu PF for playing political games and pretending to be concerned.
“This is not a political matter and so they can keep their money,” said Chakabuda. “In fact, the council has won the case to stop the auction. They created these problems and they now want to pretend they can be of assistance to the people. What is their interest in this matter?” he asked.