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chair rages at ‘disgraceful’ rebel councillors
Sibanda, SW Radio Africa
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Four rebel MDC-T
councillors in Mutare on Monday produced yet another shock move
when they voted for Zanu-PF councillors to chair the powerful committee
Farai Bhiza, Pamela Mutare, Richard Mupfura and Mayor Tatenda Nhamarare
were suspended by the MDC-T last month for colluding to vote for
a deputy mayor of the city from Zanu-PF.
on Monday to openly elect Zanu-PF committee chairpersons for departments
ahead of their preferred party councillors has reignited calls for
the party to expel them forthwith for bringing the party into disrepute.
the MDC-T provincial chairman for Manicaland said he’s determined
to push for the expulsion of the four councillors from the party.
elections in July, the MDC-T won 13 council seats to Zanu-PF’s
six. However, in recent weeks, the rebel MDC-T councillors have
boosted Zanu-PF numbers to ten, a scenario which helped the ruling
party win the portfolio chairs for Finance, Audit and General Purpose.
The rebel councillors,
with help from Zanu-PF votes captured the Public Works (Mupfura),
Procurement (Bhiza) and Environment (Mutare) portfolios. The three
were not the preferred party candidates.
told SW Radio Africa’s weekly program Speak Out Padare that
there is no institution that can survive without discipline, adding
that Zanu-PF’s Minister Ignatius Chombo can “have them”
if he wants.
wants them he can have them. I have no problem with the council
or standing committee’s move to expel them if it is a matter
of indiscipline. If a member misbehaves, the party’s top leadership
should take action,” he said.
said each political party has well laid out rules and regulations,
which members are expected to adhere to irrespective of their divergent
recently said he would block attempts by the MDC-T to fire its councillors
who have been defying party orders to vote for Zanu-PF mayoral candidates
in last month’s mayoral elections.
they’re out of the MDC-T the better because they can pretend
to represent the party when they openly defy instructions. They
were compromised when they accepted money and stands to sellout
against the party,” Magarangoma said.
He added: “Their
problem is that they cannot go against Zanu-PF now because they
got paid do what they are doing now. So they’re in a corner
and the best for them is to join Zanu-PF and leave us to reorganize
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