Kasukuwere admits Lupane blunder

Minister Kasukuwere

Minister Kasukuwere

Andile Tshuma, Chronicle Reporter
Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister Cde Saviour Kasukuwere has said the non-inclusion of locals in the appointment of Lupane local board Commissioners was an oversight.

In a telephone interview yesterday, the minister said he had gone through a petition submitted to him by Lupane residents challenging the recent appointment of Lupane District Administrator Mrs Ennety Sithole and Lupane State University Vice Chancellor Professor Pardon Kuipa as local board commissioners.

Cde Kasukuwere said his ministry was going to look into the matter to ensure that the concerns of the local people were addressed in a fair manner.

“We have heard the concerns of the people and we are looking into ways of addressing the matter. I am in Gwanda and once I am back in the office, we will take action to see to it that Lupane people are also engaged in such processes,” he said.

“We are looking at the matter. We will try to bring all interested parties on board and bring about a fair and locally acceptable solution to the oversight,” said the Minister.

In the petition, residents demanded the removal of the two from the board saying locals were better placed to drive the development agenda of the local authority.

“It is only locals who can sustainably facilitate and accelerate the development of their commitments. Minister, developmental decisions about Lupane must be indigenous and not foreign. It is good and devolutionary to always engage and have consultative decisions. Asifuni Bumbulu, Lupane is for Lupane people. Lupane has capable people to lead the development agenda of the town,” the petition reads.

Chief Mabhikwa of Lupane area said his people had been sidelined yet they are supposed to spearhead the growth of their area.

“My people approached me to tell me about the issue, expressing their concern and disgruntlement. Pardon Kuipa has not been in Lupane for long and he has not been in the residents’ association. My people want a permanent resident of Lupane not someone who has been brought to Lupane just by their job.”

“The bottom line is that Lupane people want a local, someone who has a birth connection with Lupane and has the place at heart. Lupane is not for visitors but for locals. We cannot have visitors leading us yet we have locals who are equally capable,” he said.


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  • Ijaha leNkabazwe

    I would be opposed to the appointment if locals were totally left out.If the complaints is just against these two then my people are being tribalist. Kuipa as VC of the university is an important stakeholder .There are university towns eg Grahamstown and university plays a role in the affairs of the town. I see Lupane becoming a university town and as long as the person works hard that is all that matters.For the record I know Dr Kuipa , was very committed to Bulawayo and am sure he will do a good job let his birth not be an issue.

    • Bongani Dlamini

      Yebo khona this Kuipa does not have ugly ways like many of his kith and kin.He should just demonstrate his commitment and all shall be well.


      They are not being tribalistic. Its the environment that has been created in the last 37 years that makes them throw caution to the wind. It is Dr Kuipa’s responsibility as a community leader to sell himself to the people he leads and lives with, so they can accept him. From the story above, it looks like he hasn’t done that.

  • Tyson

    Tribalism at its waste

    • N. Sithole

      I beg to differ. Why would outsiders be appointed to run the affairs of Lupane when there are capable locals? I can’t imagine myself being appointed to a board overseeing the development agenda of Nzvimbo/Jerera/ Murombedzi growth points when there are capable locals.

      • Fairtalk

        Check with Harare Municipality. An outsider is better. Sticks to his job description.

  • dave masina

    the minister should be commended for admitting his oversight.how many noble men admit when they are wrong?


      What kind of an oversight is that? Shouldnt localisation be such an obvious thing? It boggles the mind. Look at the never ending apologies about mispelt siNdebele words by Government and Company officials – it never ends. Funny enough, no Shona words are ever mispelt. What is difficult about getting the locals to do thingfs for themselves, such as manging their own local authorities, developmenbt projects and writing government and corporate messages in their own siNdebele languages? Why always deploying Shona speakers in everything and everywhere; while the locals are available? It is this Government that has since 1980 spawned seccesionism in Matebeleland. The White Rhodesian government was far better than this lot. We are sick and tired!

      • Essexvale

        It’s called contempt my brother. Those people are so confident in their supposed perpetual rule, that they have become arrogantly contempt-full towards our language and culture. As far as I’m concerned, it is a situation that’s OK since it keeps the fires of effective activism burning fiercely. Ever watched the 1960s movie called “the day shall dawn”? It’s a perfect study in the art of patience, leading to the achievement of a desired target.


    Typical of this Government. Why do they always have a problem when it comes to this issue? Mistake? Please give us a break.

    I have lived in both Botswana and South Africa and have never heard of such so-called mistakes – why is it always Zimbabwe?

    You can go to the Kalanga areas of Northern Botswana, you will never find anyone from Maun or Gaborone taking up such positions – especially in rural areas like Lupane. Its always the locals. Go to KZN, Eastern Cape, Western Cape, North West, Mpumalanga, Limpopo in South Africa – such so-called mistakes never happen.