The MDC-T dominated Bulawayo City Council has resolved to evict its erstwhile foes Zanu PF from council offices over unpaid rentals to the tune of $13 000.
The former ruling party has not paid rent since the introduction of the multi-currency system almost two years ago.
Council issued a notice of eviction in July last year, but Zanu PF defied it.
In its monthly report for November, the council noted Zanu PF owed it huge sums of money in outstanding rentals for property it is using as its provincial offices.
“The matter was considered and the general view was that Zanu PF in this instance had flouted council’s regulations and were owing huge sums of money in unpaid rentals dating back many years.
Council should therefore cancel the lease and repossess the premises without further delay,” the report reads.
The report quoted council’s director of housing and community services Isaiah Magagula as saying Zanu PF was served with a notice to vacate the building in July 2009, but had not responded.
Bulawayo mayor Thaba Moyo on Monday declined to comment on the matter, saying the issue was a private matter between the council and Zanu PF.
“It would not be proper for me to comment on the issue because this is a matter between council and one of its clients,” Moyo said.
“If they owe council then we will com-how best we can recover the money they owe.”
Contacted for comment, Zanu PF Bulawayo provincial chairman Isaac Dakamela said:
“Arrangements have been made with the city council for payment, but I will not get into details. If I talk about it I will jeopardise the arrangement.”
The planned eviction comes at a time when the party’s provincial structures are plagued by factionalism.
Last week, some Zanu PF youth activists said they wanted the dissolution of the youth executive led by Butho Gatsi who is reportedly aligned to a clique that includes Dakamela.
Those seeking dissolution of the youth executive are led by Mthunzi Mabhena.
A poll survey released about two months ago revealed that Zanu PF’s support was waning in the Matabeleland region ahead of possible elections next year.