By: Blessing Mabunda
GIYANI- Bode residents recently took their anger and frustrations to the office of their councillor; ward 7 in the Greater Giyani Municipality, accusing councillor, Fumani Mkoveni with corruption.
Mkoveni was finger pointed by some of the community members after claiming that he (Mkoveni) corrupted the hiring of sub contractors for ongoing street paving project at Bode village few kilometers away from the town of Giyani.
The office of the councillor had on Thursday released the statement notifying Bode community members that the street paving project would commence as soon as Friday (today) and effective immediately.
Mkoveni in the statement outlined that all the misunderstandings and miscommunications that happened in the past weeks have been resolved and leadership was on display.
Speaking to Giyani View on Thursday, Mkoveni said people believed to be close to the headman of Bode wanted a lot of money out of the project claiming that royalties of borough pits was in the region of 200k something which the contractor didn’t have the capacity to accomplish.
“And there was an external political influence and only to find that I have managed to influence that young people who have companies be empowered to get subcontracts.
“There was a man who brought before the headman council misleading information claiming that the contractor can give them more money if they claim royalties of the land.
“So, after an African National Congress (ANC) BEC meeting, we resolved to approach the headman and tell him the implications of not allowing the project to go ahead.
“I then, informed the mayor and she instituted a meeting through municipal manager to resolve the matter. It was at least 5 weeks since the project ceased.
“All thanks to the ANC John Mathonsi Branch Collective, Ndhuna Xindhandhazi, the Greater Giyani Municipality Mayor, Cllr Sasavona Mathebula and Cllr Basani Agnes Shibambu, head of public roads, transport and maintenance.
“This project is a very important part of service delivery and community development. It is not only going to improve the outlook of Bode community but it will do so to socio economic development in the area.
“And, finally, the Office urges the people of Bode to support the project as they did in the beginning to affect a great quality and sustainable development.” Concluded Mkoveni.
Bode community council representatives weren’t reached for a comment at the time going to the press.