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MDC-T President Morgan Tsvangirai has commended Bulawayo, describing it as the best run city in the country.

The city council is totally controlled by Tsvangirai with all 29 councillors belonging to his opposition party.

However, there are suspicions some councillors have since jumped ship and joined the MDC Renewal and they were conspicuous with their absence as Tsvangirai only addressed 18 councillors.

The former premier was accompanied by top lieutenant, Thokozani Khupe, the party’s deputy organising secretary Abednico Bhebhe and legislators Dorcas Sibanda and Tabitha Khumalo.

Tsvangirai lamented the collapse of industry in the city and the perennial water shortages that has resulted in some companies relocating to other cities.

“This is the third city council under the MDC it is a controlled city council by MDC in the last three or four elections,” he said.

“We are very proud that for a very long time we have always had 29 councillors controlling the city but be that as it may, we know the challenges that Bulawayo faces such as water shortages, unemployment and closure of companies has had a debilitating effect on the way the council has to operate.

“One of the things that you have demonstrated is that Bulawayo has always been the best run city in the country.

“I don’t know what the trick is but I think you need to be congratulated for maintaining that reputation of being the best run city,” Tsvangirai told the councillors.

He added: “I have had a number of visits to a number of councils controlled by the MDC just as a way of supervising what programs they have been running and other cities are struggling with a wide range of challenges.”

The MDC-T leader said local authorities should be capacitated to provide basic services to residents and be able to attract investment.

“Councils must be able to provide an environment to attract investment and this has been a very difficult task for Bulawayo given its water problem, apart from the perennial problem of electricity shortage,” he said.

Tsvangirai said his party must be able to fulfil the promises it made to the people and be accountable, especially to the electorate.

He urged the councillors to represent the party well, as they are the face of the MDC-T in the communities they serve.

“You must demonstrate that MDC is capable of responding to the needs and aspirations of the people,” said Tsvangirai.

While in the city, Tsvangirai is expected to tour the council run Criterion Water Works, newly commissioned stands at Emhlangeni and meet vendors operating in the Central Business District.

Source : New Zimbabwe