MDC councillors sabotage party

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.

Comments (12)

This is slippery slope Luke..dont rush to the press with issues this serious without finding out first why these councillors behaved the way they did. Investigate, evaluate then give a verdict. Too much is at have to manage this carefully...and why the rush anyhow? Give yourself time, this is one commodity you have plenty of.

gutter poet - 18 September 2013

Surely we can not work with these thugs masquerading as MDC T councillors when infact are zanu pf CIO sent to destabilize my Party.These crooks must be fired from the Party with immediate effect.We the MDC T youths are fuming and can not accept mercinaries in our Party.

josefa chinotimba - 18 September 2013

The game is simple.We can't dine with mercinaries in our party.They campaigned for ZANU PF in the just ended harmonised election from within.Action must be now.

badoo - 18 September 2013

Please check that ZANU PF did not hire NiKKUV to rig? I'm sure this is a reliable sample of what happened in the just ended July 31 harmonized elections.

Otto Von - 18 September 2013

masters of blame game.In short you are admitting Zanu pf will always outwit you. Where were you when your councillors were allegedly being bribed. Cry babies who will always blame everything on Zanu pf. Sack them so that by elections are held and you will see how unpopular MDC has become.

daisylo - 18 September 2013

Taste of own medicine. Remember what happened to MDC Ncube soon after 2008 election where Bhebhe and company were taken to Bots and during the speaker of parliament debacle.

MINAMINA - 18 September 2013

same same with the election petition which u had lost.your complains are becoming too much when are you going to admit a loose

Doubt Chibi - 18 September 2013

Why would these MDC Councillors accept money from ZANU P.F when MDC has got loads of cash which Tsvangirai said "you won't finish it !" or "hamuipedze". In that statement he was saying he can raise so much money from from the MDC - T's "friends from the West", that the whole nation combined would not be able to finish it. Now with so much money available WHY would MDC - T Councillors accept peanuts from ZANU P.F. Certainly food for thought.

Selectah - 19 September 2013

selectah you are very right they said they have friends with a lot of money so they easily forget they are a confused lot

joe - 19 September 2013

Nikuv! kkkkkkkk or maybe this time its the UNWTO guys. Morgan prepare another dossier to present to SADC

madhaka - 19 September 2013

plse mdc shld shld go to pple b4 they fire mybe vanhu ndozvaida

chando - 20 September 2013

yakwana nguva zvino yekuti msangano uchiparara. pliz Biti tungamira bato. Tsvangson azotadza. these results shows that councilors are rejecting the leadership of Morgan. The time for MORE is over.

chinja maitiro - 20 September 2013

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