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Mayor slams govt over trips


Bulawayo mayor Thaba Moyo yesterday accused government of stalling several development projects by refusing to allow councillors and local authority officials to visit their international partners.

Addressing guests during a courtesy call on him by a team of firefighters from the United Kingdom, Moyo said the government had on two occasions blocked Bulawayo City Council officials from visiting their international partners.

The UK-based firefighting team, Operation Florian, entered into a joint partnership with the council a few years ago.

The project was aimed at providing modern equipment to the council’s firefighting department.

“The government should understand the importance of partnerships,” Moyo said.

“We always have problems when we want to visit our partners. This problem has occurred twice this year. We were prevented from going to our partners in the United States and in Polokwane in South Africa to share knowledge.”

He said he was disappointed that the government does not realise partnerships were bringing in skill and knowledge as well as developing the city and the country as a whole.

“These partnerships are bringing in more good than harm. They benefit the whole country. They are a marriage in which people should work together,” Moyo said.

The leader of the visiting UK delegation, Michael Doherty, said they donated two fire engines, hydraulic equipment and other specialist equipment to council.

The team is expected to conduct firefighting training sessions in Bulawayo for the next two weeks.

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