Mbanga defies party orders to quit

HARARE - Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC has been dealt a blow by a leadership wrangle at Harare’s Town House.

Acting mayor Chris Mbanga, who took over as acting mayor in March after mayor Bernard Manyenyeni was suspended by government for insubordination, said he does not recognise a resolution that recalled him. This comes after he barred the new town clerk from doing his job.

MDC Harare provincial chairperson Eric Murai a fortnight ago said the party had recalled Mbanga and three councillors on allegations that they had been compromised by Zanu PF specifically on the contentious issue of the city’s town clerk.

But speaking in an interview with the Daily News over the weekend, Mbanga rubbished claims he had gone rogue.

“The talk of being recalled, I think it’s premature,” Mbanga said.

“The (MDC Harare) provincial chairman and his executive have not followed due disciplinary processes that need to be taken to come to that conclusion.”

Mbanga said he did not happily accept and step in to fill the breach left by the suspension of his boss, but was bound by duty to do so.

He said Kasukuwere “by no means granted” him the acting mayor position but it fell on him by virtue of being deputy mayor.

“I am still the acting mayor of the City of Harare by virtue of the fact that I am the deputy mayor. It’s not an appointment that was done by Kasukuwere. It’s given when you are deputy mayor and the mayor is not there, you act in his absence,” Mbanga said.

He said there was no need to doubt his loyalty to the MDC.

Mbanga also scoffed at claims he is now taking orders from Kasukuwere.

“Those are careless statements. I haven’t gone rogue. I’m a child of the MDC, ... Tsvangirai is my president. The MDC is my home. I’m not going anywhere,” he said.

Mbanga described his relationship with the Zanu PF political commissar as strictly “professional.”

“Our relationship has been misconstrued,” he said.

Comments (9)

All opposition parties have zanu sleeper cells, and ofcourse chancers. These parties might need a better vetting process for those they elect within their structures if they want to make progress.

Galore 123 - 23 May 2016

This is why we choose the Daily News. Nothing is off-limits. Even if those who aspire to replace ZPF, which is rotten to the core, are only in the early stages of the gangrene that feasts on ambition, they are not fit for our vote.

John Banda - 23 May 2016

This is why we choose the Daily News. Nothing is off-limits. Even if those who aspire to replace ZPF, which is rotten to the core, are only in the early stages of the gangrene that feasts on ambition, they are not fit for our vote.

John Banda - 23 May 2016

Mbanga dont be smart for nothing. The question is , whose orders are you taking? The mdc as a party has its own ideology. whose ideology are you following? You think you are in a comfortable zone but let me tell you. You are just a fool and an ideot. U dont know where your bread is buttered and you forget that mdc voted you for a struggle not personal gain. Very soon we will read you in the newspapers for corruption. You think you are professiona? did you apply for that post. ideot

Pasipemuswe - 23 May 2016

History repeating itself, Sekai Makwawarara the second, by design and they are many within MDC ranks, members of zanu pf dressed in MDC colours.

Kufandada - 23 May 2016

Sekesai Mkwavarara left MDC-T and thought she will do wonders in ZANU PF, but come election time she never featured even as a council, MDC-T has managed to lift some people from the rugs and polished them and placed them in position based on competency. However the people for get who they were before MDC-T and they are intimidated or deceived ZANU PF and betray their home and friends. Mbanga may fall in the same trap. Kasukuwere (cheap Tyson) is nothing even in ZANU PF, take away the predatory tendencies of ZANU PF he can not even summon one council meeting cause he is now in a ceremonial roll now. He can not even give you a cent. Mbanag be worned

amina - 23 May 2016

kudos to yu mbanga for rising above petty party politics,service delivery first,you have shown to havev the people at heart,now dump that british sponsored project

truth - 23 May 2016

This is the problem with Zim and it politicians, what does it matter that he is MDC and taking orders from ZanuPF, there are countries where there are federal and state or local councils run by opposing parties asi basa rinongoenda pasina vabvunzana party alliegience. Service delivery, as far as I'm concerned is not an issue that should involve any sort of political party affiliation. This is how MDC can then lie to us and say they are hindered by Zanu from service deliviery because they spend their days coming up with these plots

B Moyo - 23 May 2016

way to go mbanga.dont be intimidated.do your work.we need service delivery and not this talk yekuti mdc this,mdc that.

gustavoz - 24 May 2016

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