WAR veterans’ chief Jabulani Sibanda on Saturday accused Senior minister of State Simon Khaya Moyo of failing to spearhead constructive development in the Matabeleland region.
Speaking at the celebration of the appointment of Eunice Sandi-Moyo as Bulawayo Provincial Affairs minister at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair grounds attended by government ministers, leaders of the business community and senior Zanu PF officials on Saturday, Sibanda said the region still had nothing to show despite the senior officials it had in government.
“Bulawayo industries need water to be resuscitated. We need the Matabeleland Zambezi Water Project (MZWP) to be completed.
“We continue suffering when we have a senior minister who is from the affected region. Honourable minister, please bail us out,” Sibanda said.
“As a revolutionary party, we do not want corruption. No to division and we need unity,” he added.
Bulawayo was once the industrial hub of Zimbabwe, but the city’s industrial zone, Belmont, has become a ghost town with most companies either closing shop or relocating to Harare as a result of perennial water shortages.
The MZWP, mooted as far back as 1912, had been touted as the permanent solution to the city’s water problems, but nothing has materialised to date. Khaya Moyo said Zanu PF would never hesitate to descend on party members who fan division.
“We shall take stern action on anybody fanning division. We will never care who you are. Let us not be a nation without discipline,” Khaya Moyo said.
He also urged Bulawayo residents to rally behind Sandi-Moyo and blasted former prime minister and MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai and his party for refusing to endorse Zanu PF’s electoral victory.
“AU (African Union) and Sadc endorsed the July 31 elections as free and fair yet Tsvangirai is busy flying to Western counties telling them that elections were stolen,” Khaya Moyo said.
Sandi-Moyo said she was happy that MDC-T councillors were working hand-in-hand with her in bringing about development in the city.
“I am glad to announce that I am working very well with people whom I thought were going to be hard to work with. My office accepts every official despite political affiliations to get to know how we can resuscitate Bulawayo,” she said.
“I also heard that the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo statue and airport would be officially opened by President Robert Mugabe on Unity Day (December 22),” Sandi-Moyo added.