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Published: March 7, 2011
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s party has fired six of its councillors after they were found to be ‘conniving’ with local Government Minister Ignatius Chombo leading to their subsequent labelling as ‘ZANU PF functionaries’.
The daily Newsday newspaper reported that the six MDC-T councillors last week had sent a petition to Chombo urging him to suspend Mayor Tinashe Madamombe, also of MDC-T, accusing him of corruption.
Chombo’s move to swiftly to suspend Madamombe and his ordering of a probe into the allegations has now led to the MDC party firing the six who are: Deputy Mayor (Bindura) Ivory Matanhire, Makesure Mafukidze, Norbet Dhokotera, Rindai Muchemwa, Rickson Kaseke and Elizabeth Mafios.
“This mayor (Madamombe) is a victim of political machinations. The councillors are corrupt and have become law unto themselves. On the six councillors, as the MDC-T we don’t relate with corrupt people. So, they should as well consider themselves history. We don’t want corrupt people, they should find sanctuary in Zanu PF,” Local Government Minister (MDC-T) Sessel Zvidzai said.
“It’s very clear they have been bought and are now running with the Zanu PF agenda as they are Nicodemously going to seek assistance to get rid of a principled mayor they now call corrupt yet they have six stands each.”
A feud is reported to have now errupted between Zvidzai and Chombo over the suspension of Madamombe which Chombo actioned without consultation.