Politics

Mayor walks out of Suncoast Estates launch

-as event turns into a Zanu PF campaign rally

OLANDER MPOFU

Masvingo City Council Mayor, Aleck Tabe walked out of the much hyped Suncoast Estates housing scheme  in protest after the ceremony was turned into a Zanu PF event punctuated with slogans.

Each dignitary upon being introduced took the opportunity to chant the Zanu PF slogan with the pay offline “ED 2030 anenge aripo” as the Zanu PF strongman guns for a third term in office contrary to the dictates of the 2013 Constitution, which only allows a President to serve for only 2 terms.

Soon after being introduced the Mayor walked away as the event virtually became a Zanu PF campaign rally and Tabe could not bear it hence he decided to excuse himself.

As he was walking away this reporter asked him why he was leaving, but he could only shook his head in disapproval, signaling to his driver to drive off.

The housing scheme is set to completely change the face of the ancient city, as a Smart City beacons, bringing leisure, business and accommodation all under one roof.

The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by Minister of State in Charge of Provincial Affairs in the Cabinet and President’s Office, Lovemore Matuke, Deputy Minister of National Housing and Social Amenities, Yeukai Simbanegavi and Masvingo Minister of Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Ezra Chadzamira, Chivi North legislator, Godfrey ‘Chibaba’ Mukungunugwa, Chief Director in the Ministry of Local Government and Public Works, Felix Chikovo, Masvingo City Town Clerk, Eng Edward Mukaratirwa and many other senior Government officials.

However, it was the presence of Zanu pf supporters clad in their party regalia that riled the youthful mayor to leave the event in a huff.

 The massive project which dovetails into the country’s Vision 2030 comprises a 6-hectare modern class town centre, 4-hectare industrial park with an average size of 500 square metres per stand, 7 300 square metres for ECD, primary and secondary school stands, four stands for worshipping centres and one multipurpose stand.

There are 20 stands for open space recreation facilities, climate friendly water reservoirs, fibre internet connection, state of the art roads with spacious space for pedestrians and vehicles.

Forit Contractors which is also involved in the widening of Beitbridge Chirundu Highway is already on the ground opening roads, sewer and water reticulation facilities for prospective customers and those who have already purchased stands in the area.

The project will go a long way in reducing the first urban settlement in the country’s housing waiting list by 3 072 from about 15 000.

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