STAFF REPORTER 14 February 2018
BULAWAYO – Bulawayo town clerk Christopher Dube – who has been caught up
in a corruption storm – yesterday dared police to arrest him, arguing he
Dube said corruption charges laid against him only but tarnish Bulawayo
and scare away much-needed capital to turn around the city once termed the
The reaction comes after Bulawayo Progressive Residents Association
(Bupra) has petitioned the Local Government minister July Moyo, demanding
action be taken against Dube, director of engineering Simela Dube and
former Local Government ministry permanent secretary George Mlilo on
allegations of corruption in the city.
Bupra, through its legal representative Mathonsi Ncube Law chambers, this
week said they wanted an investigation to be carried out on the reasons
why the recommendations of the local authority’s internal audit findings
of June 18, 2015 were not implemented.
The recommendations by the ministry, then under now-exiled Saviour
Kasukuwere, called for Simela Dube to be charged and the dismissal of
deputy mayor Gift Banda who was reinstated late last year by the courts
after he spent over a year on suspension on corruption allegations.
As if that is not enough, a similar complaint was sent to the Zimbabwe
Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc), such that they could institute
investigations into the allegations.
But Dube took aim at this paper which he accused of attempting to soil his
“Your story is not only inaccurate and malicious but also defamatory,” the
miffed Dube said.
“I am tired about your articles threatening me with actions from
government, Zacc and courts. I am waiting for that to happen if I am
indeed corrupt as you allege. You will continue to write your mischievous
articles which do not help us build Bulawayo but only serve to tarnish the
image of the city,” fumed Dube.
The letter by the residents also said in part: “Surprisingly, Bulawayo
city town clerk has failed to implement the findings of the two reports
and did not even defend litigation against the council by councillor Banda
and then permanent secretary Mlilo.”
The town clerk, through his company Belmac Investments, was last year
awarded mining claims that are located at the council-owned Aisleby Farm,
where he shares the claim with BDP Investments.
However, mayor Martin Moyo – who was also shortlisted – lost out to Mlilo
and Mngane Ncube, who jointly won the claims at Good Hope Farm.
The move, however, was not received well by the residents as well as the
Affirmative Action Group (AAG) who felt that it was abuse of office, as
they used their authority to acquire the mining claims.
But Dube has refused to be intimidated. “Why don’t you question why those
who are supposed to be taking disciplinary action against me have not done
so?” he asked, adding that this paper kept publishing stories about him to
soil his image as well as “in order for your articles to appear
But Dube was not done yet.
“I have had enough of this. Tell everyone in your publication that I’m
waiting to be arrested for corruption and expose those who are not doing
their job to remove a corrupt public official from office,” he said.