HARARE - Mainstream MDC has vowed to take action against party councillors who allegedly took bribes to vote for Zanu PF mayors.
MDC lost mayoral seats to Zanu PF in councils dominated by the former, with reports attributing the loss to defiance by councillors to follow orders.
Luke Tamborinyoka, president Morgan Tsvangirai’s spokesperson, said the greedy councillors were going to be punished for their actions.
“We understand that there were huge bags of cash from Zanu PF in Mutare and Victoria falls,” he said.
“We are taking the issue seriously and taking disciplinary action against councillors who thought money was bigger than party leadership.”
MDC’s bid to field non-councillors to be voted for the mayoral positions hit a brickwall after the High Court last week threw out an urgent chamber application that sought to compel the government to allow the party’s preferred candidates to be appointed mayors.
There are 92 rural and urban councils countrywide comprising 1 958 wards, of which 1 496 were won by Zanu PF, while 442 went to the MDC.
In Kwekwe, were the 14 wards are evenly split between MDC and Zanu PF, a Zanu PF candidate Tatenda Madzoke scooped nine votes against MDC’s five indicating that two councillors, who were elected on an MDC ticket, voted for the revolutionary party.
Zanu PF mayoral candidates also won in Redcliff and Victoria Falls after MDC councillors were allegedly compromised with cash to vote for Zanu PF candidates Freddy Kapuya and Sifiso Mpofu respectively.
In Redcliff, out of the nine wards, only two are held by Zanu PF while MDC has seven councillors and there are already calls for a probe.
In Victoria Falls, where Zanu PF only garnered three wards out of 10, Zanu PF’s mayoral candidate got six votes against MDC’s candidate Margaret Valley who got four votes.