Chombo rejects expulsion of MDC councillors

HARARE - Ignatius Chombo, minister of Local Government and Rural Development, has rejected the expulsion of rebellious councillors by Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC, saying it was null and void.

The opposition MDC last week fired Mutare mayor Tatenda Nhemarare and recalled Gweru mayor Hamutendi Kombayi for defying party directives during mayoral elections after allegations that they voted for Zanu PF candidates.

The party also fired four councillors in Mutare, three in Gweru and three other councillors in Victoria Falls.

All councillors were expelled for corruption and colluding with Zanu PF.

Douglas Mwonzora, MDC spokesperson, has said the party was writing to Chombo notifying him about the expulsion and expected him to act.

But Chombo has rejected the move.

Addressing journalists and municipal officials from Bindura, Chitungwiza and Harare, the minister rapped the MDC action, branding it “insane.”

“On the recent actions by MDC, I am confused, perplexed and baffled as to why the party would fire councillors for exercising their democratic right,” Chombo said. “The councillors voted for the candidates they thought were the best and they voted as councillors and not MDC members. Why then would MDC punish someone for exercising his or her right?  I find this insane and I feel pity for the councillors.”

Chombo said he does not take orders from the MDC.

“MDC has always been calling for free elections and when one votes freely, the party decides to expel him,” Chombo queried. “What kind of behaviour is this? If the party wanted to select one councillor as the mayor, there wouldn’t be a need for mayoral elections.”

This is not the first time Chombo has vetoed an MDC decision to expel councillors.

During the tenure of the inclusive government, the MDC fired some of its councillors in Harare, Chitungwiza, Gweru, Kwekwe and Zvishavane for allegedly engaging in corrupt activities, but Chombo refused to endorse expulsion.

Comments (6)

Journalists, journalists, journalists! Tiudzei kuti mutemo unotii nenyaya yakadai

Sachin Tendeuka - 13 December 2013

Ana Mbiba tangamatiudza mitemo unoti chii tihwisise kwete zvawahwa wotesvetuka sezura . Bumbiro idzva rinenge rinoti siyanei nezvaarikutaura asi urban councils act it need to be amended to suite the current constitution . Try to consult first from constitutional guru mayb we can get a clear answer

MukarangawekuMberengwa - 13 December 2013

igaroziva kuty mai mkadzi wababa what else to expect

maisvokwadzo - 13 December 2013

Chombo tell us, can that happen in ZPF? Zimbabwe will never develop because these ZPF politicians play too much political games.

chemedzanemburungwec - 13 December 2013

Tracey Mutinhiri aripiko

pasi - 13 December 2013

This could quite easily be the worst minister this land has ever had..There is no water everywhere in municipality he is still stuck in trying to destroy a party they said they defeated..why not go and work at ZANU full time and let those competent do the work? ZANU has plenty they can deploy to this post not this..If anyone is causing disaffection for ZANU it is these bulls in china shops like Chombo here..what business is it of yours who a party which you do not belong to put forward as a candidate? This gun slinger attitude brandishing an emtpy guns everywhere has become too old hat..try something else..or are you just a one trick pony like Chamisa good sir?

gutter poet - 14 December 2013

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