Tshinga Dube refuses to vacate offices

Tshinga Dube refuses to vacate offices
Published: 22 July 2019 (186 Views)
FORMER Zanu-PF Makokoba legislator and Cabinet minister Tshinga Dube, who is facing eviction from his council-leased parliamentary offices, has appealed to the local authority to spare him as he was still using the office.

The city fathers have turned down the appeal.

In July 2017, the Zanu-PF politician entered into a one-year lease agreement with the Bulawayo City Council over the property, situated in Nguboyenja high density suburbs.

After Dube's parliamentary term ended in July last year, he has refused to vacate the offices.

Council last week claimed that it had sent several eviction notices to Dube, but the former War Veterans minister said he only learnt of the notice in the media.

Dube told the Daily News on Sunday yesterday that he was still occupying the office as he had a lot of philanthropic work to do for his former constituency.

"I am still using that office, remember I have a foundation that I run and I am a patron of many organisations including one of Zimbabwe's biggest football teams Highlanders. I have been doing a lot of philanthropic work in Makokoba constituency especially to the needy who include the elderly and the vulnerable children.

"I have been doing this for years and as I have said before, I can't abandon the vulnerable people because I am no longer their Member of Parliament.

"I promised to look after them, so I won't leave them. The long and short of it is that, I am using that office for that work," Dube said.

The city fathers want Dube to vacate the offices to pave way for new Makokoba Member of Parliament James Sithole.

Dube was Makokoba legislator from 2015 up until the 2018 elections when he lost to Sithole.

The top Zanu-PF official said his was an appeal to the city fathers to forgo their resolution.

"I know it's their office, there is nothing much I can do but I need them to understand that the office is still important to the Bulawayo community."

Dube  owes council $1 705.47 in rentals for the office, but council has since resolved to write-off the debt.
However, Dube said he was willing to settle all the arrears.

"I am aware that I owe the council but I am willing to settle that. As I speak, I am already preparing for another round of health expo in Makokoba."

Dube is known for holding periodic health expos where the elderly and the general public will be walking in for free medical check-up and treatment in Makokoba.

BCC housing services director Dictor Khumalo said: "That place that Dube was occupying is a designated office for a sitting MP, so if he wants space he can always approach us and we are willing to help him in that regard."

- dailynews

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