MDC cries foul over Harare mayor

HARARE - THE Morgan Tsvangirai-led Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) yesterday came out guns blazing against government,

accusing President Robert Mugabe’s regime of using “thuggish” and a “pugilist approach” to suspend Harare mayor Bernard Manyenyeni.

Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere suspended the Harare mayor, after publicly accusing him of improper conduct and insubordination for appointing a new town clerk, James Mushore, despite government objections.

The MDC said they are ready to confront the Zanu PF political commissar, saying a mayor could only be dethroned by an independent tribunal established by Parliament in terms of the law, and insisting Kasukuwere’s action was ultra vires the new Constitution adopted in 2013.

MDC shadow minister for Local Government Jameson Timba said they have lodged an urgent chamber application in the High Court seeking to rescind Kasukuwere’s decision.

He said in the absence of a parliamentary tribunal, the action was null and void.

The post of town clerk fell vacant after Tendai Mahachi was relieved of his duties last year.

Kasukuwere said he had suspended mayor Manyenyeni without pay or other benefits for flouting regulations, heightening a power struggle for control of Harare which has been under control of the opposition MDC since 2002.

Kasukuwere argued that the appointment Mushore, a former NMBZ Holdings group chief executive

officer, had not been

approved by the Local Government Board (LGB), but Tsvangirai told a news conference yesterday that the LGB, and not Kasukuwere, must be the complainant.

The MDC has not responded to inquiries why due process was not followed in the appointment of Mushore, or why the LGB was not informed as the law dictates in the first place.

Manyenyeni, who won the Harare mayorship on an opposition MDC party ticket in 2013, could not be reached for comment on the matter yesterday.

Mushore was fired the same day he was appointed last month.

Following the decision of the MDC-run Harare City Council (HCC) to appoint Mushore to the post of town clerk, Kasukuwere, in almost unseemly haste, had a letter delivered to the council stating that he was rescinding the council’s decision.

But MDC secretary for local government Eddie Cross argued that Kasukuwere no longer has any authority to make such a ruling, which he said is completely ultra vires the new Constitution and therefore null and void in legal terms.

An apoplectic MDC yesterday described Kasukuwere’s move as unconstitutional.

“We know that Kasukuwere is desperate to employ the divide and rule tactic at the HCC but then, he can be assured that his patently unconstitutional and illegal actions will be vigorously resisted at law,” MDC spokesman Obert Gutu said.

“The MDC will never, ever give in to Kasukuwere’s thuggish and pugilist approach to matters of local governance.

“He might call himself Tyson the pugilist but then, he has to be reminded that this is not a boxing ring that we are dealing with here. We are dealing with matters of the law wherein the Constitution of Zimbabwe, as the supreme law of the land, reigns supreme.

  “As such, the MDC will do everything legally permissible to ensure that Kasukuwere’s acts of illegality are promptly reversed.”


Comments (1)

This man manyenyeni,I thot he had smething up his sleeve.nothing?kwavekutobuda?get crackin n fight.why dnt yu stay put n let him tyson go to court to remove yu.yu have the majority of councelors.Then if MDC is that timid,kuzoti nyika.A small note from tyson make yu jobless?

viola gwena - 22 April 2016

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