Five Bulawayo City councillors including deputy mayor Councillor Gift Banda have been suspended by the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, Saviour Kasukuwere for alleged corruption.
Kasukuwere, who was in the city to present findings of a government stipulated investigation on the local authority, said more suspensions should be expected if other councillors that have been spared for now fail to defend their cases.
The suspended councillors are Clrs Banda (ward five), Charles Moyo (ward nine), Mzama Dube (ward 25), Reuben Matengu (ward 21) and James Sithole (ward seven).
In the interest of allowing council officials to deal with specific issues. They will facilitate the council to come up with a recovery matrix and based on the cooperation and the actual matrix I will make my final decision regarding the Bulawayo City Council,” said Kasukuwere
The minister revealed that just five out of the 29 councillors were found not to be corrupt; a situation he said was worrying.
The suspended councillors were immediately given their suspension letters, with the Minister revealing that they will be setting up an independent tribunal in the next two weeks for them to defend their cases.