MDC councillors off the hook

HARARE - Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC has spared the axe on five  rebellious councillors and two mayors suspended for defying the party directive and voting Zanu PF mayoral candidates.

The party suspended its councillors two months back for allegedly voting for Zanu PF mayoral candidates ahead of their party’s nominees during the mayoral elections.

Among those suspended were Gweru and Mutare mayors Hamutendi Kombayi and Tatenda Nhamarare respectively.

Kombayi, his deputy Artwell Matyorauta, Moses Marecha, Tawanda Magidi and Farai Muza were accused of dumping the preferred Gweru mayoral candidate Charles Chikozho and Kenneth Sithole as deputy mayor.

In Mutare, Nhamarare was suspended alongside three other councillors, namely Pamela Mutare, Farai Bhiza and Richard Mupfura, for not voting the party’s preferred mayoral candidate Thomas Nyamupangedengu.

The party also accused the quartet of voting Zanu PF’s Collen Mukwada as deputy mayor in place of Kudakwashe Chisango, preferred by the party.

It emerged after the elections that Nhamarare was not the MDC nominee for the mayor’s position.
The party’s Standing Committee met at Harvest House, the party headquarters in central Harare yesterday to pass a resolution on the suspended councillors.

“A resolution was passed by the Standing Committee but it is waiting for approval by the National Executive Committee which will meet tomorrow (today),” Douglas Mwonzora, the party spokesperson told the Daily News yesterday.

Mwonzora declined to divulge what the Standing Committee had recommended saying he did not want to pre-empt the National Executive Committee meeting.

But a senior party source told the Daily News that the Standing Committee resolved not to fire the councillors.

“They are off the hook. We resolved not to fire them. But they were given small punishments and that is all l can say for the moment,” the source said.

The party’s National Executive Committee is expected to receive the Standing Committee’s resolution today and approve of it.

The party has received a report from a four-member disciplinary committee comprising former Mazowe Central MP Shepherd Mushonga, Women’s Assembly secretary-general Sibusisiwe Bhuda-Masara, Youth Assembly spokesperson Clifford Hlatshwayo and Chitungwiza Senator James Makore.

The committee was set up to investigate the “defiant” councillors.

Comments (2)

mangaingai chaiwo

ziso - 5 December 2013

Kombayi Hamutendi dzoka kumusha kuZanu pf do not fight your father's war he is long back because he was lost its rather better you fix his bad boy image through you Zanu pf is the party your father's problem was that he was naughty not wanting to listen to elders yes we started with him in lusaka Zambia but he went astray that of even abdonding his roots kwavhuzi kuchirumhanzu the more you stay outside the more you risk of indangering yourself out of your father's children vakomana ndiwe chete wasara unereasoning capacity vana mukoma charles,Webstar iwe unozviziva kuti mudhara wako even condemened them whilst he was still alive i don't know about the rebel Patrack in exile in the uk

Colonel - 5 December 2013

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