By Paul Nyathi
Bulawayo councillors last week clashed heavily with the Town Clerk after he refused to authorise council to pay them allowances to attend late former MDC-T President Morgan Tsvangirai’s funeral in Buhera.
Latest information from within the council indicates that the councillors who are all from the MDC-T approached the Town Clerk Christopher Dube, demanding that they be paid normal council travel and subsistence allowances to travel to the funeral.
The Town Clerk rejected the councillors’ request stating that it was against council regulations.
According to the reports council had only authorised mayor Martin Moyo to travel for the burial as a council representative at council expense.
After a protracted fight between the councillors and the Town Clerk, council is reported to have agreed to release two council mini buses with fuel only to take the councillors to Buhera.
Confirming the issue to weekend state media, council public relations officer Miss Bongiwe Ngwenya said after advising the councillors on the implications of their requests they then opted to provide them transport and fuel for the close to 400-kilometre journey.
“The City of Bulawayo gave advice to councillors and facilitated transport for them to travel to Buhera,” said Miss Ngwenya.
“Councillors felt they had to be given allowances to attend Mr Tsvangirai’s burial in Buhera, they actually sent a delegation to Mr Dube to make their demands. However, it was difficult for management to approve this because this was illegal and was tantamount to abusing council resources. When their initial proposal fell through they then requested that they get an advance in their salaries again upon consultation with other directors, Mr Dube rejected this but instead advised them that the best which the local authority could do was to provide transport for them to travel to Buhera,” said the council official.