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Councillors and Mayors under siege from Chombo
Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA)
February 24, 2012

Comment

In October 2011, a motion was moved in parliament which called for the revision of the Urban Councils Act [29:15]. The motion was inspired by the continued abuse of office via the urban council act by the Minister of Local Government rural and urban development. Since 2003, despite the fact that people expressed their will during polls, the minister has on a number of countless times, dismissed or suspended elected councillors, a move which has earned him a pseudo title; the Executive Mayor of Zimbabwe. The Urban Councils Act has failed to put in place checks and balances on the power exercised by the centre hence; decentralisation has failed to earn its objectives with the bottom operating at the mercy of the centre.

In light of the above, CHRA will be conducting nationwide consultations on the review of the Urban Councils Act. The Association will submit to parliament a National Stakeholders Position paper that can act as a tool which would be the basis of the people's views. The act was crafted in a way which is not cognisant of the existence of residents associations. Residents do not have the power of recall on non performing elected public bearers, a role which has been entrusted on the minister who has in turn seriously abused this role. It is ironic that most (if not all) of the dismissed councillors are from the MDC. The Association seeks to reverse this scenario where politicians and "Big men" like Chombo abuse the law at the detriment of ordinary people and quality social service delivery.

Below is an update on the total number of councillors suspended countrywide and the allegations levelled against them since the 2008 elections.

Municipality/Position/Date Name Offence
Harare
Councillor
December 2012
Paul Gorekore
  • Allegedly occupying a council house illegally
  • Cleared by the High Court
  • Minister has appealed in the Supreme Court
Harare
Councillor
December 2010
Machetu Silas
  • Allegedly occupying a council house illegally
  • Cleared by the High Court
  • Minister went on to appeal in the Supreme Court
Harare
Councillor
December 2010
Zaranyika Johnson
  • Allegedly occupying a council house illegally
  • Cleared by the High Court
  • Minister went on to appeal in the Supreme Court
Harare
Councillor
December 2010
Katsande Maxwell
  • Allegedly occupying a council house illegally
  • Cleared by the High Court
  • Minister went on to appeal in the Supreme Court
Harare
Councillor
March 2011
Dumba Warship
  • Mismanagement of funds
  • Alleged corruption
Harare
Councillor
March 2011
Takura Caspar
  • Mismanagement of funds
Rusape
Councillor
December 2010
Gomana Kidwell
(Now Late)
  • Alleged corruption
Rusape
Councillor
December 2010
Chipere Teddy
  • Alleged corruption
Rusape
Councillor
December 2010
Mberikunashe B. Zephaniah
  • Alleged corruption
Rusape
Councillor
December 2010
Chifamba Lovemore
  • Alleged corruption
Rusape
Councillor
December 2010
Pambureni Blessmore
  • Alleged corruption
12. Bindura Municipality
Councillor
November 2010
Christopher Mazembe
  • Alleged corruption
Mutasa South
Councillor
May 2011
Michael Nyangani (Ward 26)
  • Alleged corruption
  • Case still pending at the High Court
Mutasa South
Councillor
May 2011
Owen Mbona
  • Alleged corruption
  • Case still pending at the High Court
Mutare Xavier Upare
(Ward 10)
  • Criminal abuse of office
Bindura Municipality
Councillor
(Acted as a Mayor)
November 2010)
Daniso Wakatama
  • Alleged corruption
Harare
Councillor
(November 2011)
Xavier Vengesai
Ward 18 Borrowdale
  • Alleged corruption
Zvimba RDC
Councillor
November 2012
Emmanuel Chinanzvavana
  • Failing to attend meetings and bail conditions did not allow them to travel beyond 30km
Zvimba RDC
Councillor
November 2012
Fani Tembo
  • Failing to attend meetings and bail conditions did not allow them to travel beyond 30km
Chinhoyi
Mayor
2011
Claudious Nyamhondoro
  • Alleged corruption
Chinhoyi
Deputy Mayor
Wheels Nyambe
  • Declining to implement a directive to award a tender to a company that the council saw as unsuitable
Chinhoyi
Acting Mayor
January 2012
Councillor Charuza
  • Declining to implement a directive to award a tender to a company that the council saw as unsuitable
Mutare Municipality
Mayor
Brian James
  • Declining to implement a directive to award a tender to a company that the council saw as unsuitable
Zvishavane Town Council
Mayor

Alluwis Zhou
  • Alleged corruption
Bindura City Mayor Tinei Madamombe
  • Alleged corruption but was cleared by the Courts
Nyaminyami RDC
Councillor
David Mfwepi
  • Failing to attend council meetings
Bindura Municipality
Acting Mayor
November 2010
Daniso Wakatama
  • Alleged corruption

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