Byo residents complain over mayoral perks

BULAWAYO Progressive Residents Association (BPRA) has questioned the city council’s decision to award former mayor Martin Moyo a mayoral car as part of his exit package.

BY NQOBANI NDLOVU

BPRA yesterday said the move was a way to poke fun at the struggling ratepayers who clashed with the local authority for diverting money to purchase a mayor’s vehicle, which was now being given for free.

“BPRA believes this indicates that the city council is out of touch with the reality and fails to understand the gravity of the matter pertaining economic hardships that have hit Zimbabwe and are bound to negatively affect Bulawayo City Council (BCC)’s revenue collection,” BPRA spokesperson Zibusiso Dube said yesterday.

According to a council confidential report, council’s financial director, Kimpton Ndimande, recommended that Moyo be given two options — a Mazda BT50 for free as it had no book value — or purchase a Chevrolet, which is also part of the mayoral fleet, for $14 732.

“BCC, which complains that low revenue collection is the cause of service delivery shortfalls, now seeks to virtually give away vehicles from its mayoral fleet, is indicative of a lack of sincerity, poor prioritisation of issues and lack of probity in the administration of Bulawayo’s financial resources,” Dube said.

The city fathers have, in the past, clashed with residents over its priorities regarding the expenditure of ratepayers’ money.

3 Comments

  1. Its high councils should stop abusing tax payers` money and improve service d3livery to the people.

  2. The mayor deserves his exit package . BCC , you are doing the right thing .
    Those who are against the move are just jealousy of the mayor’s benefit . If you do not want to pay the mayor you should abolish the position . GO AHEAD BCC .YOU ARE SPOT ON .

  3. The package seems modest. He deserves it. Had been mayor of the city and surely residents should appreciate the services he offered to the city during is time of mayoralty.

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