Council Chambers; a Full House

Cllr Moyo

BULAWAYO COUNCIL CHAMBERS – The Bulawayo City Council (BCC) Full Council Meeting for the month of April 2018 was a unique one in that all the 27 sitting councillors were present.

It is rare for the Council Chambers to be a full house, notwithstanding that councillors, who are beneficiaries of the Zimbabwe Development Democracy Trust (ZDDT)’s leadership trainings, now understand the true value of attending such important meetings to deliberate matters affecting the well-being of the city and its residents.

Previously, some councillors would be absent although generally ZDDT has recorded a steady increase in both turnout and performance that was not the case in the past when chamber meetings were notorious for low attendance and a poor level of debate.

“Full Council meetings are very important because it is only a full Council that makes resolutions,” Ward 9 Councillor, Charles Moyo (pictured above), told ZDDT News.

“Council Committees only propose recommendations to Council; hence, in attending Full Council meetings councillors want to be part of the resolutions.”

Moyo added that debates at Full Council meetings are more meaningful because of the large number of participants who contribute to the discussions.