MUTARE: The ZANU PF secretary of Administration Cde Didymus Mutasa stirred a hornet’s nest a few days ago as he went on a campaign trail addressing disgruntled Mutare City Council employees who have gone unpaid for four months as the Council has run out of cash. To date, there is no hope that the past due salaries will ever be delivered to the suffering workforce.
Comrade Mutasa went on, “This is all because of sanctions which were asked for by Welshman Ncube from America and Britain. That’s why the council has failed to pay its employees. Let’s find a way of countering that.” He stated as he tried to find ways to assuage the flaring tempers among the angry work force who seem not to get plausible explanations, let alone fixed dates of payment, after going with non payment for this long.
According to a Mutare City Council employee who spoke to ZimEye on condition of anonymity for fear of victimization, the Mutare City Council employees have remained unpaid due to maladministration on the part of the City fathers who conducted certain contracts in a reckless fashion.
According to him, “At one time the city “bought” water pipes to the tune of $500 000.00 but the pipes were never delivered by the contracted seller and no action has been implemented to recover the prejudiced figure. Most senior councilors are ZANU PF members as the other half are affiliated with MDC-T.”
“One then wonders where and how Ncube fits into this broken picture as he is yanked into a silly blame game. I am sure they have realized the impact that the MDC under Ncube is bringing to the Manicaland Province and they have started this barbaric smear campaign. The fact that the Council now has a bad credit record should not be used by Honorable Mutasa to attack others and falsely accuse them to gain ground. Banks are shunning the City Council on lending issues because the City will not pay back loans. They are broke and have not been careful in their financial operations.”
“Such a political message is sheer poisonous propaganda meant to stir hostility against the Ncube-led MDC but is not called for because Ncube
has no council members on the City of Mutare and in any case he never knocked on the USA or America to beg for sanctions. These sanctions were a reaction by the West to stop human rights abuses, way before Mutare City Council became imprudent to buy non-existent goods and lost money. This message sounds ill-timed, malicious and misplaced because it is sent out at a wrong time and to the wrong audience when Europe has just relaxed the very sanctions that Mutasa wants to use to justify local government inefficiency. This is also a time when the Ncube MD is gaining ground in Manicaland at the expense of other political players. In any case let us wait and see how things will change with the
relaxed travel conditions.”
At the time of going to Press, Honorable Mutasa could not be reachable for comment on how Ncube’s name was pulled into the vortex of unpaid wages and salaries.