Ministry Transfers Bulawayo Sporting Equipment To Harare

Ministry Transfers Bulawayo Sporting Equipment To Harare
Published: 2016 July 08 05:11:30 (1838 Views)
Alarm has been raised by the Bulawayo city Council as it has been discovered that the Ministry of Sports and Recreation has been transferring sporting equipment that belongs to the council to Harare without returning it.

The equipment in question was left behind after Bulawayo hosted the African Union Sports Council Region 5 Under-20 Youth Games.

This is despite President Mugabe and Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s assurances that the equipment would remain in the city as part of the games’ legacy.

The BCC has since resolved to release all the equipment to the Ministry of Sport and Recreation as “it was feared that council was taking care of equipment that would eventually all be taken elsewhere”, according to the latest council minutes.

“The director of housing and community recalled (22nd June, 2016) that after successfully hosting the AUSC Region 5 Under 20 Youth Games, which had been held in the city in December 2014, there was mention that besides the renovated buildings, the equipment procured for the games was going to remain in the city as a legacy of the games as enunciated by the President,” reads the council report.

Speaking at a function to hand over the games’ equipment to the council on July 3, 2015, VP Mnangagwa said the sporting equipment should remain in Bulawayo as part of the games’ legacy.

According to the council minutes, problems started this year when the Sport and Recreation Ministry would borrow some equipment for use in Harare promising to return it to Bulawayo, but never returned.

“The latest request was made in a letter dated June 13, 2016, but it was stated that all the furniture had to be released to the Ministry and was not coming back. In view of the above, it was feared that council was taking care of equipment that would eventually all be taken elsewhere. It might be prudent for council to ask the Ministry of Sport (and Recreation) to remove all their equipment as at the end of the day it would be very difficult to account for all the equipment if it is being taken one by one,” read the minutes.

“This might also suggest that the ‘donation’ had been a gimmick to store this equipment in council facilities. We could no longer be certain what would go next. The generators at Barbourfields and White City had not been connected; maybe for the same reasons that they would go,” the council minutes read.

The acting town clerk Sikhangele Zhou said there was no clarity on the removal of the equipment from council premises, with some of the items being taken without prior notice. Attempts to commit the Ministry of Sport and Recreation on this matter, particularly on the legacy aspect, had been in vain.

“This then raised the question of accountability, hence the proposal now to release all the items to the Ministry so that council is left with no obligation.”

Councillor Silas Chigora was concerned that council had, in fact, no legacy to talk about despite the expectations during and after the games that the city would enjoy the legacy of the games through the donated equipment.

The reality, argued Clr Chigora, was that council’s only benefit was in respect to refurbished infrastructure. - Chronicle
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Anonymous user 2016 July 09 21:24:03
Abathakathi I wish we had our own country coz with these party popers there is no tomorow a shona will always be a shona shame always hungry I'm just waiting for the young ones they r smart these old zanu dogs must die now
Anonymous user 2016 July 09 13:18:16
Let the tribalist keep their pathetic excuse called Zimbabwe, we want Mthwakazi not this stinking country of theirs
Anonymous user 2016 July 08 17:51:40
Grand plan at its best
Anonymous user 2016 July 08 17:50:31
Let the truth be said we are not part of Zim sebesibonisils baqala ngama company now this its time to stand up and claim what rightfully belong to us Mthwakazi
Anonymous user 2016 July 08 09:59:11
This is the norm and who is to blame the Sports associations in this province abangovuma zonke and look at the leadership of those sporting boards its them and elected by us.Shame its true the equipment is dissappearing to Hre bt City Council is also to blame on this coz they never took control of the whole thing look at white city athletics board claim to b in charge of that equIpment.When we want to use we hv to hire them to operate it for us.
Anonymous user 2016 July 08 07:01:30
bayasihlanyela ke laba umhawu ongakanani ke lo lama khehla asadakwe yiwolamagundwane
Anonymous user 2016 July 08 06:35:13
this proves that KoByo nd Mat/land as a whole is not part of Zim.Therefore the country must be divided #Mthwakazi must be free frm Zim.

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