Chombo's plan 'destructive'

HARARE - Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC has said outgoing Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo’s plan to block the nomination of mayoral candidates from the MDC was “ill-advised” and a blatant contravention of Section 272 (1) of the new Constitution.

The new Constitution states that: “At the first sitting after every general election, a provincial council must elect a chairperson from a list of at least two qualified persons submitted by a political party which gained the highest number of National Assembly seats in the province.”

Chombo has said the councillors will choose a mayor from among themselves when they meet and will do the same for the deputy mayors, threatening to scuttle the deployment of the MDC’s preferred cadres for the mayorship.

The MDC is outraged.

“The outgoing Zanu PF minister’s evil intentions to fight and destabilise the MDC led councils are malicious and are bent on causing disharmony in the MDC local authorities’ leadership,” the party said in a statement.

“It is obvious that since 2000, Chombo has been at the forefront of destabilising the MDC-led councils with a view to causing popular disaffection against the MDC leadership.

“The MDC views such ill-conceived intentions by Chombo as clearly misplaced and counter-productive.”

The MDC said Chombo wanted to perpetuate urban dwellers’ suffering by creating conditions which will make it difficult for the MDC-led councils to deliver quality service to the ratepayers at all times.

“It is suspicious that Chombo’s threats come immediately after similar threats by the Zanu PF leader Robert Mugabe that he will punish Harare and Bulawayo residents for voting for the MDC,” the MDC statement said. “Certainly, this is part of Zanu PF’s broader agenda to punish the people, especially in the urban areas, for overwhelmingly voting for the MDC party in the just-ended fraudulent elections.

“Zanu PF want to continue disenfranchising the people as it knows that it stole the people’s vote on 31 July.”

The MDC said it will not be deterred from achieving the goal for total change and real transformation in Zimbabwe.

Comments (7)

Forgive my ignorance but I thought the old cabinet was dissolved when the "new" (old) president was inaugurated. It therefore means that whatever Ignatius Chombo is of no consequence. Or did I miss something?

Mushungurudzi - 29 August 2013

Chombo ah ask Marian she knows what type of a person he is. Anotokanganwa kuti humambo hunochinja and hunopera.

maita - 29 August 2013

CHOMBO has this deep devilish attitude of not accepting the reality on the ground ,what ever he does to these elected councilours will not work .ZANU is not welcome in urban areas so if he wants his ZANU candidates to be mayors it won't happen because the numbers are not in his favour ,We people in town know very well this animal called ZANU ,if it subortages us in towns it will affect even their supporters services come from one source for everyone .STUPID MINISTER what ever ministry he is going to get.

CASHTALK - 29 August 2013

Ushe madzoro. Chombo, you always say that youth are leaders of tomorrow. Is it possible when you are in power for the rest of your life like chief Charumbi. MDC won so they should chose their own candidate. Chombo I don't think you are educated.. maybe your tricked the Universities. We are tired of being called comrades but you don't give others chance to contest on your constituency.

Mwanawevhu - 29 August 2013

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