FRUSTRATED ZANU PF MINISTER STORMS OUT OF MEETING FOLLOWING A SPEECH BY MDC-T Ex COUNCILLORS
Provincial Affairs Minister of Bulawayo Angeline Masuku hastily left a city council civic honors function after former councilors who were being conferred with alderman-ship status attacked Zanu Pf.
Masuku was invited to a function on Monday and could not stand the criticism that was being directed at her party by recipients of the coveted awards by largely former MDC-T councilors.
It is reported that Alderman Mpofu made remarks carelessly, also attacking Midlands provincial Affairs minister Owen Ncube for telling residents to stop paying water bills to Kwekwe city council as a campaign gimmick.
“There is something amiss with this function,” said Amen Mpofu, one of the former councillors who were conferred with alderman status.
“Why that is the minister of local government who is in charge of local authorities is not here to witness this important occasion? Is it because MDC councillors are being honoured?”
“Of course, some people might say this is not the right platform to talk about politics, but we do not want Bulawayo city council to go down because of what is happening in Kwekwe where Owen Ncube is encouraging people not pay rates,” said Mpofu much to the chagrin of Minister Masuku.
Another alderman, Phineas Zilazila Ndlovu also attacked Zanu PF for intimidating and harassing aspiring councilors during the formative stages of the MDC in 2000.
“When I become a councilor in 2002, there were a lot of bees which would sting those who wanted to be councilors,” said Ndlovu.
“Zanu PF did not want MDC councilors. I want to thank my party MDC-T for affording me the opportunity to be a councilor. If it was not MDC-T, I would not have been a councilor.”
Masuku reportedly walked out of the function in an apparent protest over the aldermen’s remarks soon after Ndlovu’s remarks.
Efforts to get a comment from Masuku were fruitless as she was whisked away by her aides.