(Mutare)Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC party has resolved to disregard and rubbish the minister of Local Government Ignatius Chombo’s suspension of the mayor of Mutare, and will soon dump the document into a public bin in the sight of all.
In a meeting held at the party’s provincial headquarters at the weekend, the MDC-T party resolved to ignore Chombo’s suspension of Mayor Brian James and as a demonstration of repulsion, to physically dump Chombo’s suspension document into a public bin at the civic centre in the sight of all.
The decision comes as it was revealed that Chombo’s suspension of Clr James is illegal. Mayor Brian James was last week suspended by Local government minister Ignatius Chombo on allegations of misconduct, but Chombo is believed to be fighting hard to remove James, who only recently blocked the sale of land at the Meikles Park to Anjin, a Chinese firm that is mining diamonds in Chiadzwa in partnership with the State owned Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC).
The MDC-T party at the weekend resolved to continue recognising Clr James as the rightful mayor of Mutare. The party will continue to “engage the mayor on all matters to do with the city of Mutare,” the party said in a statement.
The MDC-T party will also “establish a Party Harmonisation team to establish various issues of concern in the council. The team which will be led by one Hon Mudiwa includes other senior respected leaders-Willas Madzimure, Senator and MDC founding member James Makore, Hon Evelyn Masaiti and attorney David Tandire a prominent Mutare lawyer.
The team was tasked to also: “look into the circumstances sorrounding the fraud charges levelled against Cllr Upare, his relationship with the contractor and why he was paid money by the contractor. The effects of the disappearance of $300 000 dollars on the water project and whether the money would be recovered.