'Corrupt' MDC councillors cleared for primaries

HARARE - Elections in Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC to choose council representatives in Chitungwiza have been hit by sharp differences over selection criteria.

Tsvangirai does not want councillors fingered in corruption during their tenure to represent the party.

This stems from a decision taken after completion of hearings into allegations of graft levelled against MDC councillors in Harare, Bindura and Chitungwiza.

But there are conflicting signals from the party as it nears council primary elections.

Tsvangirai fired the entire Chitungwiza Council and 12 others over corruption.

A provisional list of party members who have been given the green-light to contest reveals that some of the fired councillors have been “cleared” to contest contrary to the party’s collective decision to bar those fired over corruption.

Two councillors, Lorraine Usaiwevhu (Ward 16) and Moses Tsikwa (Ward 13) have been cleared for the primary elections.

This is despite the fact that they are part of the council team fired by Tsvangirai.

Tapiwa Mashakada, MDC deputy secretary-general who led the graft investigations in the town  had imposed a blanket ban on those fingered in corruption.

“Anyone who has been named in the corruption report will not represent the party and in the case of Chitungwiza, our recommendations resulted in a blanket punishment for all of them,” said Mashakada.

However, to add further confusion within the party, a communiqué that was sent to the MDC Chitungwiza executive allegedly “rewards” the two councillors for blowing the whistle on corruption.

“The two councillors, according to the communication the province received from the national executive, were cleared to participate,” said Chitungwiza provincial spokesperson Lloyd Damba.

“It is because of that communication that we made the announcement in the provincial executive council so if the secretary-general says they will not participate, then that is a challenge.”

The MDC is bidding to field carefully-vetted candidates to avoid a repeat of corrupt activities in municipalities where graft has severely tarnished the party’s image. - Mugove Tafirenyika

Comments (1)

guys be serious, how can you take corruption people movadzosera kuti vabe futi , do you think people are going to take you serious, if you want people to vote for you remove those bustrd varikuti kanganisira party, and put new faces , taneta vanhu veku chitungwiza nematsotsi.

poto - 14 June 2013

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