LOCAL Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere has given Kwekwe mayor, Matenda Madzoke, the greenlight to move into the mayoral mansion, nearly eight years after former executive mayor, Stanford Bonyongwa left the property.
Kasukuwere met Kwekwe councillors and management last Thursday and okayed Madzoke’s move.
“Council was worried that the mansion was not being utilised and, as a result, its value was going down. Management had turned it into a guest house, but councillors felt it should be occupied by the mayor and our minister said since it was built for the mayor, it should be used for that purpose,” Madzoke said, adding he would move in soon.
The mansion had become a centre of controversy following Bonyongwa’s exit, with councillors divided on what should be done with the house.
Attempts by councillors to move Madzoke into the mansion had been thwarted during a full council meeting in July, where management, led by chamber secretary, Lucia Mkandla, said a ministerial directive prohibited that.
“It (mayoral mansion) was once discussed as an item, where advice was given that there was a ministerial circular with a clear position on these houses.
“She added that this property was like any other council house except that it was executive accommodation,” read part of minutes of the council meeting.
Kasukuwere said the house should not be turned into a guest house because that would affect its value.