By Confidente Reporter
TEMPERS flew at the Bukalo Village Council over the hosting of the first-ever Bukalo Annual Trade Fair gala dinner pitting chairperson of the village council, Charles Siyauya, against businessman Sylvester Simubali and the Chief Executive Officer of the village council Martin Limbo.
At the centre of the infighting are reports that Siyauya is allegedly against the appointment of Simubali as the council’s event organiser for the gala dinner following a physical confrontation the two had several years ago over a woman.
Simubali told Confidente that he was given the mandate by the Bukalo Village Council on August 29 2016 to be the organiser of the gala dinner which is a prelude to the Bukalo Annual Trade Fair set to be held next year.
Simubali accused Siyauya of having a personal vendetta against him since the two were once involved in a physical fight sometime back.
“Siyauya and I we were once involved in a physical fight some years ago over a woman. He later opened a criminal case against me where he alleged that I had tried to shoot him with a gun when in actual fact I never had a gun but it was those big Nokia phones people were using then. I was acquitted because there was no evidence to back his claim however it seems he is still holding on to the vendetta and he is using this to stop the hosting of the gala dinner because I am the event organiser.”
According to a letter of appointment written to Simubali by Limbo on August 29 the council partnership with Simubali is valid for one year.
“Council resolved at its ordinary council meeting of February 4 2016 by council resolution BVC 018/02/16 to appoint your company as event organise for the upcoming Bukalo Annual Trade Fair. As part of the agreement and of this appointment your company is expected to sale tables and manage all logistical arrangements prior during and after the trade fair gala dinner.
“The following are the required deliverables: Organise the first Bukalo Annual Trade Fair Gala Dinner to be held on November 18 2016, meet and provide corporate information to council stake holders on awareness of the event, provide public relations functions in consultation with council staff members on the event, establish an annual sponsor for Bukalo Annual Trade Fair, council shares profit with your company on 50/50 profit margin excluding your VAT.”
Limbo said he was surprised to find out that Siyauya had distanced himself from the organisation of the event yet a council resolution had been passed to that effect.
“It was the CEO’s initiative in preparation for next year’s trade fair and I had requested council to look into the matter. On February 4 council passed a resolution and I was tasked with finding an event organiser since the council has no capacity to host such an event on its own.
“We can’t back track on this. Invitation letters have been sent out to guests and musicians. FNB has pledged to be the main sponsor of the event and all of a sudden Siyauya turns on us.
Sylvester was picked as a means for us to also uplift our local talent in the region and I never did this in isolation. Siyauya has his own personal vendettas against Sylvester and he is mixing this with council affairs,” Limbo said.
Limbo added that the gala dinner will go ahead as planned as it was a council decision not a Siyauya decision.
“We are going ahead because we have a council resolution. Banners have been up for the past three weeks, why is he changing his mind now? As head of administration I implement council resolutions and there is no resolution empowering Siyauya to overturn a previous council resolution. Siyauya must learn to dissect his personal issues and council business. Council resolutions are like the Bible it tells you what to do but it doesn’t tell you how to do it,” Limbo said.
Siyauya when contacted for comment, Tuesday, denied ever being involved in any physical confrontation with Simubali in the past.
“That’s news to me, he is fabricating stories,” he said.
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