Kwekwe mayor shuns official vehicle

via Kwekwe mayor shuns official vehicle | SW Radio Africa by Nomalanga Moyo   November 8, 2013 

The mayor of Kwekwe has made history by turning down an official luxury vehicle – the first time a ZANU PF official has ever done so.

The mayor, Matenda Madzoke, said he could not be seen “driving a brand new expensive vehicle” on potholed city roads littered with uncollected refuse.

Instead, Madzoke asked that the $38,000 deposit already paid for the vehicle, a Toyota four-wheel-drive valued at $68,000, be used to purchase a garbage truck.

Madzoke’s decision appears to have endeared him to his MDC-T colleagues in the Kwekwe municipality who have applauded him for “prioritising service delivery”.

The Kwekwe municipality is MDC-T controlled, although the councillors in the city stunned many by defying their party’s orders and voted for a ZANU PF mayor.

MDC-T councillor for Mbizo Ward 3, Weston Masiya, told SW Radio Africa that although the mayor has not turned down the vehicle completely, he must be praised for putting “the people first”.

“What he has said is that we need to focus on service delivery first, and then the mayoral vehicle which was ordered by the last council, can follow.

“The mayor does not want it to seem as if, hardly a month into his term, he has already ordered himself a brand new car before attending to pressing issues.

“I want to praise the mayor for putting the people of Kwekwe first. He has shown that he knows what is wanted by the electorate, and that is the spirit we would want to see prevailing within our council,” Masiya said.

The MDC-T councillor said the Kwekwe municipality has generally been performing well except in the area of refuse collection.

Masiya revealed that the local authority has one garbage truck, bought in 1986, which was no longer fit for purpose. The municipality also has two tractors which are used for the same purpose but Masiya said these were not convenient as they don’t have tipping trailers.

Last year the Kwekwe municipality tabled a budget which would have seen it acquire five top-of-the-range vehicles for its managers and mayor for an eye-watering $450,000, according to a NewsDay report.

However the residents would have none of it, leading to calls for a government probe into allegations of corruption.

Last year, the MDC-T carried out a probe into 10 councils controlled by the party and unearthed gross corruption, incompetence and unaccountability.

The MDC-T report covered Harare, Bulawayo, Gweru, Mutare, Chinhoyi, Marondera, Bindura, Kwekwe, Zvishavane and Gokwe, and noted a “shocking change of lifestyle of some councillors and sudden accumulation of movable and immovable property”.

ZANU PF mayor Madzoke is the second known high-ranking public official to decline a vehicle, the other being MDC ex-Minister David Coltart, who turned down a Mercedes E-class in 2009.

The current ZANU PF administration is expected to cost the country many millions of dollars in various perks, with $20 million already spent on purchasing luxury vehicles, including Mercedes Benz and SUVs for Cabinet ministers.

These purchases come at a time when millions of Zimbabweans are on the verge of starvation, hospitals are in a state of collapse and water shortages are at critical levels in most urban areas.

Just last week the finance minister said the mineral-rich country was broke, and suspended announcing the national budget.



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    Tjingababili 9 years ago

    You have to understand why cars excite African politicians!Their priorities are often warped! We have just emerged from the bus….With nothing on our backs!

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    Fallenz 9 years ago

    Re. the article… that’s a start for fiscal responsibility. More such examples are desperately needed.

    Tjingababili, I hear what you say, but doesn’t excuse wasting tax dollars when folks are going hungry. Better they would have stayed on the bus, and concentrate on doing what they promised to get the job done.

    Some will say there’s a need for the functionary to travel to serve his area, but they managed to get around quite well during the campaigning.

    These are extraordinary times, and extraordinary measures are needed… like finding all those missing diamond and aid funds, and using that money to invest in Zim’s future.

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    Nyoni 9 years ago

    Fat chance of Zanu pilfering faction doing away with the perks. Our people must suffer while others enjoy.

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    maisokwazo 9 years ago

    I had a chance to meet Madzoke personally before he vyied for the mayoral position and although he is ZANOIDIC he has a brain and works hard.Well done I never thought u can rise above water and above the rest.

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    Ava ndivo vanhu chaivo,zvaazvinhu!

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    I cannot believe it!! I must be dreaming!! I feel a bit feint!! I do believe this is the first time in Africa….check his DNA…
    Congratulations Matenda Madzoke, now drop the corrupt party you represent please.

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    Africanson 9 years ago

    Well done mayor now campaign for more improvement of your town economically. Donors will listen to you and People will always remember you for that.

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    Inini 9 years ago

    Hats off you well done he are the man of people!!!

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    gukurahundi (GNB/jukwa) 9 years ago

    kwekwe mayor u shud be zanu-pf president

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    Cde Gwatidzo 9 years ago

    Well done cde.prove that zanu pf is the people’s party.

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    Refuse to take a car? He will not be mayor for very long.

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    jahcha 7 years ago

    Shunning a car whereas u where supposed to be cleaning the area, as a mayor its a mandate to sit with with the center managers of your twn n make them clean their walls, remove posters, or even re-paint their buildings, with dat u will get our outmost votes, not by trying to be known for wrong reasons