Wednesday, 15 July 2015

KOMBAYI SLAMS GWERU'S UNEDUCATED COUNCILLORS

GWERU mayor, Councillor Hamutendi Kombayi, has conceded that the majority of councillors he is leading in the MDC-T run local authority are political eunuchs devoid of leadership qualities required to turn around the fortunes of the “City of Progress.”



In an audio recording which he posted on WhatsApp group, Gweru 24/7, Clr Kombayi harangued his “incompetent and uneducated” fellow councillors describing them as “opportunists who landed their posts through political slogans”.

He confirmed that he made the recording to The Chronicle yesterday. “It’s my personal opinion,” Clr Kombayi said.

In the recording, the Gweru mayor took a dig at council management which he blamed for failing to implement council resolutions, a development which he believes has resulted in poor service delivery in the Midlands capital.

“There are landlords and people who have land and own buildings as well as businessmen in the city (but) when it comes to elections you don’t want to participate. For us who are not educated, who are good at chanting slogans without property, (we) have the courage to want to represent you (sic),” he said.

“The main aim is to represent the interests of the people but uneducated people and people without property find it difficult to articulate the situation which makes life a little bit difficult. I would like to urge the educated, those with property and the business community that these positions of councillors were created for people like you to come and argue so that we can build our council and our town.”

Clr Kombayi tore into the Town Clerk Daniel Matawu-led management.
He said the entire management team needed to be replaced arguing that it had failed on its mandate to implement council policies.

“Our management here at Gweru City Council is not giving us the best results in terms of policy implementation,” Clr Kombayi said.

He said there was a need to employ heads of department starting with the Human Resources Manager to manage the 1,300-strong GCC workforce.

“That’s my first port of call and secondly, we’ll now need to engage a director of Engineering and Housing Services so that we can see progress in the city.”

Clr Kombayi’s outburst comes in the wake of an investigation into corruption allegations at the council.

The Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing recently dispatched a four-member probe team (commission) to investigate the affairs of council management and councillors, following allegations of corruption.

The probe team is expected to complete its two-week investigation tomorrow.
The team has ordered all senior council officials to submit their academic and professional qualifications for scrutiny.

Sections of the council have alleged that some of the city fathers are not qualified to hold their positions.

Clr Kombayi, Matawu and unnamed top officials are being investigated by the probe team for corruption after it emerged that they bought about 300 cattle without following proper procedures at a recent council auction.

There are also allegations of abuse of funds at the council amid indications that the municipality has 18 bank accounts.

Three suspended MDC-T councillors — Albert Chirau (Ward 11), Kenneth Sithole (Ward 4) and Moses Marecha (Ward 5) — are being investigated on allegations of abuse of office and council property.

In May, Gweru City Council workers went on a two-week strike that crippled operations and left most suburbs without running water and streets choked with garbage.
The workers were protesting over unpaid salaries and mismanagement of council resources.chronicle

16 comments:

Hamutendi is talking sense here but I also hope he is educated. He is a business man yes but it seems the family businesses have been struggling a lot until when they got a political life line through MDC. The oldman worked and fought for democracy in the midlands no doubt, it even cost him his life after he succumbed from the CIO shooting injuries. The bottom line is any public office leadership positon in zim requires people with a 'wealth creation and fund management' expertise and experience not just education! Vanhu vasina kana kumboita Tuckshop ikaitawo mari ndivo varikunzi vabate mari dze kanzuru! Its zim leadrrship, what Kombayi is saying needs to be addressed at national level. The reason why zim is struggling is because Mugabe is not a leader, he never led a business or even managed a tuckshop or school where he held a frontline management position. And we entrusted him with the country's billions straight from nowhere, shame!

Boldly speaking the Truth but displaying Lack of Wisdom on his part. As their boss he should find a way of making it work. Resorting to social media for real issues is nothing but premeditated blame game. The failure of Gweru CC will be attributed to you. You are at the helm. Unfortunately with your role, you can not choose your school buddies or the landlords or business people. Ndezvepolitics izvi. That's how you even got your position. Do what you have to do to fix things.

I think we must appreciate that the mayor is saying the truth; you cannot successfully implement programmes when councillors are ignoramuses!

All MDC-T councillors are ignorant.

All of ZANU PF is fake..look at the so called future leader. DR .GRACE..IN LESS THAN THERE MONTH..KIKIKIKIKIKI IT GIVE ALL OF THEM THE RIGHT TO FAKE DOCUMENT'S. ...AND THEY KNOW IT.

The rot starts with Mugabe! Educated but chabuda hapana, the olsest president of s country sitting atvt

I appreciate the fact that he is displaying immaturity for a man in that office. He says nothing about failure to implement programs due to spanners being thrown into the work. He is actually wanting these ignorant bunch to give him ideas that's what.

Dofo hariwanzo ramba kuita something unless kana rine input iri opposite. Apa the uneducated councillors are not refusing his ideas they are just not bringing anything to the table for discussion. We all know that pa implementation apa it's no longer the councillors who push the 1300 weak workforce to pick up maBin and repair potholes or repair street lights, or collect council revenue. Ndopanopinda iye mayor nema managers ake. These are the basics that can be done even pasina kana maCouncillors using the 1300 leaderless workforce. For ideas kana zvanetsa wofonera fellow mayors or even the vibrant Tyson.

Kuda kunzi wakangwara on whatsapp does not help Gweru, show us that with nothing to work with, you can keep Gweru alive. Kuda press attention like Gono! Lol

Really! Who puts these guys in place nhai.

Zvimwe izvi hazvinei nefundo. Look at our Ministries akazara vanhu vakadzidza and yet we have one of the poorest countries in the world. Some of the most successful ppl in the West are not very well educated, some left school with no qualifications

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Iye Hamutendi akadzidza here musanyeperwe

Most leadership positions require wisdom and understanding. Education, yes it's a requirement but we tend to overplay it. Look at Zimbabwe. A perfect case study of how a country was destroyed by PHD graduates.

Wisdom surpasses an intelligent mind. In other terms what people may refer to as common sense will create a better society in which everyone thrive.Kombai's analysis of the situation cclearly explain his position in terms of discrimination. This guy is calling for his council to be overhauled by the rich and technocrats. In our experience as a country such people have completely failed to advocate for ordinary people. They have actually come up with preposterous policies that have led to the plight of the populace.

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