The MDC-N has hit out at Bulawayo Metropolitan Province governor Cain Mathema, describing him as “divorced from reality” and a “representative of a tribal empire responsible for the region’s demise”.
Responding to Mathema’s attack on MDC-N president Welshman Ncube and other regional leaders as “crybabies”, the party’s Bulawayo province spokesperson Edwin Ndlovu said it was shocking the governor viewed company closures in the city as a “fallacy”.
“We are amazed that despite the undisputable fact that there has been closure of a minimum of 87 companies which has rendered over 20 000 people jobless, Mathema continues to say the closure of these companies is just a fallacy,” he said.
Ncube is Industry and Commerce minister and has been working hard to find a solution to stem the closure of companies in Bulawayo, which is the biggest city in the Matabeleland region.
Bulawayo was once regarded as the industrial hub of the country.
At the beginning of the week, Ncube expressed his disappointment in the attitude of central government towards company closures and said decisive steps must be taken to stop marginalisation of the Matabeleland region.
In response, Mathema, however, said: “Leaders from Matabeleland should not complain because none of them have figures that other parts of the country are better than our region.
Why cry foul when they are the ones at the centre of things as some of them are Cabinet ministers?”
But Ndlovu said Mathema was continuously misleading the nation on the causes of underdevelopment in the region.
“We are aware that company closures are caused by failure to access loans for recapitalisation.
“Mathema is a stranger to Bulawayo and the region, a man blinded by the love of 30 pieces of silver that he has forsaken the pains and interests of his own people in exchange for a pay cheque,” he said.
Ndlovu said that 20 000 people had been made jobless in Matabeleland did not matter to Mathema and his Zanu PF, considering they were responsible for the Gukurahundi massacre in the region.