Councillor fired for giving radio interview

HARARE - Rattled Zanu PF, peeved by the rate of its own councillors beginning to appreciate the value of the Communities in Action campaign, has axed Mutare Rural District councillor for Ward 4, John Masondo, accusing him of associating with the opposition.

Speaking in an interview, Masondo said it all began when he attended a radio show that was sponsored by the Election Resource Centre (ERC) dubbed Communities in Action.

During the radio show, Masondo mentioned that leaders had failed to respond to the needs of people with disabilities but some like him are beginning to see the value of respecting their rights because of such programmes like Communities in Action.

Communities in Action campaign intends to increase and strengthen the organised and active involvement of citizens on local governance issues. Much of the work focuses on helping citizens engage local leaders on substantive issues of community action.

This, Masondo said, angered his superiors who felt that he was not supposed to say they had failed to respond to the issues of people with disabilities.

“They were disappointed with me for attending the radio show. They said I was not supposed to say that leaders, including Members of Parliament and Senators had failed to champion the cause of people living with disabilities.

“They also served me with a letter of expulsion, accusing me of dining with Zimbabwe People First,” Masondo said.

Zimbabwe People First was formed by former Vice President Joice Mujuru and her allies after being expelled from Zanu PF and government accused of wanting to topple President Robert Mugabe.                 

In a letter dated August 30, 2016 signed by the Zanu PF secretary for administration Ignatius Chombo, warring Zanu PF said it expelled the councillor for dinning with Zimbabwe People First.

“Sitting at its 301th Ordinary session on the 3rd of August 2016 at Zanu PF, the politburo endorsed the national disciplinary committee’s decision to expel you from Zanu PF party with immediate effect. Having gone through your case the Committee found overwhelming evidence against you on your charge of actively participating in the Zimbabwe People First party.

“Your actions violated the amended Zanu PF party constitution article 28 section 262 (c) read in conjunction with article 3 of section 21 leading to your expulsion. Be guided accordingly,” read the dismissal letter.

The Communities in Action campaign is creating a platform for engagement between citizens and their local leaders that is the village heads, chiefs and the elected councillors. The campaign was born out of the realisation of lack of engagement platforms between local leaders and citizens.

Comments (2)

hey. zanu pf. the way you chanel your energy in doing negative stuff ka ma1. i tell you if only the same very energy was channelled in progressive issues we would revote you back. the same energy you use to destroy your percieved enemies or your propaganda rallies, use it to improe people's livelihoods and see how it will go. pple just want results. they are not your haters. we hate not having progress, our lives being stuck. our leaders if only you can come to the realisation that helping a person endears them to love you. beating and forcing them is not the solution. the same monies yu use to beat them. take that money, that energy and use it for progress and you will be accepted

kelly - 4 October 2016

YOU SEE HOW IMMATURE ZANU IS IT IS A POLITICAL PARTY THAT THRIVES ON POLITICAL HATRED AND DOES NOT BELEIVE IN ACTIVE PRODUCTIVE ENGANGEMENT WITH OPPOSSITION PARTIES. SO SELFISH THEY ARE THAT THEY BELIEVE ZIM NDEYAVO VEGA.WHATS BAD ABOUT ADMITTING KUTI OUR POLICIES HAVE IGNORED THE DISABLED. ITS ACTUALLY GOOD IN THAT IT SHOWS YOU ARE ALSO THINKING ABOUT THE DISABLED. SAKA IN TYPICAL ZANU STYLE VAIDA KUTI ANYEPE KUTI MA POLICY EDU AARE INCLUSIVE OF THE DISABLED. AYAZ CHETE KUNGOTI ITS A PARTY OF LIES DECEIT AND CORRUPTION. MUCHIRI VANA GUYS VE ZANU COZ YOU BELIEVE IN THE INABILITIES AND FAILYURES THAT YOUR PARTY HAS REECKED ON OUR COUNTRY ARE GOOD AND NEEDED TO BE DONE. wHATS WRONG WITH SHARING THE SAME IDEA NEMUNHU WE OPPOSITION ARE WE NOT ALL ZIMBABWEANS AND HAVE A RIGHT TO LISTEN TO EACH OTHER IRRESPECTIVE OF POLITICAL AFFILIATION.NDOSAKA AFRICA ICHIGARA IRI KUMASHURE THE LEADERS VANODA KURUNNER NYIKA KUNGE MUSHA

NUTTY DREADLOCK - 5 October 2016

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