Zimbabwe's Bulawayo City Council was in panic mode Thursday as an anti-corruption task force appointed by Local Government Minister Ignatius Chombo to investigate the local authority started its investigations.
Chombo instituted the inquiry following complaints of council impropriety in the allocation of public amenities and leasing of its shops.
Residents and councilors fear the probe may be a ruse by Chombo to destabilize the MDC-led council like he has done in Chitungwiza and Harare over the years.
Preferring anonymity, one councilor said the move was nothing but a political witch-hunt to destroy the MDC council.
Another councilor, Prince Dube of Entumbane said the local authority has nothing to fear as it does its business above board.
Bulawayo Progressive Residents Association coordinator Rodrick Fayayo told VOA residents are worried.
"While we believe in transparency and accountability... the association sees it as prudent for impartial and objective investigation teams to be appointed to carry out investigations where local authorities are accused of graft," Fayayo said.