MDC-T to in­ves­ti­gate cor­rup­tion al­le­ga­tions

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MDC-T leader Mr Mor­gan Ts­van­gi­rai yes­ter­day told Bu­l­awayo coun­cil­lors that the party would be in­sti­tut­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions on the al­le­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion that has led to five of them be­ing sus­pended by the Gov­ern­ment re­cently.

The Min­is­ter of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Pub­lic Works and Na­tional Hous­ing, Cde Saviour Ka­sukuwere, re­cently sus­pended deputy mayor Gift Banda to­gether with Clrs Charles Moyo (Ward Nine), Mzama Dube (Ward 25), Reuben Matengu (Ward 21) and James Sit­hole (Ward Seven) over a raft of al­le­ga­tions in­volv­ing un­der­hand deal­ings and ram­pant cor­rup­tion.

Mr Ts­van­gi­rai, who ar­rived in Bu­l­awayo yes­ter­day morn­ing for the party’s 17th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions at the White City Sta­dium to­day, met the coun­cil­lors be­fore later chair­ing the na­tional ex­ec­u­tive which also met in the city.

“Ts­van­gi­rai called all the coun­cil­lors and ad­dressed them on the re­cent sus­pen­sions by Gov­ern­ment. He said while the party stood with its coun­cil­lors, an in­ter­nal party in­ves­ti­ga­tion would be con­ducted to gauge ve­rac­ity of the mat­ter,” said an in­sider.

“In the meet­ing, Ts­van­gi­rai said Zanu-PF wants to sus­pend the en­tire coun­cil but be­fore the party makes any state­ments, it needed to con­duct its own in­ves­ti­ga­tions. He also said he wanted to tell us that he will talk about the mat­ter dur­ing the cel­e­bra­tions to the ef­fect that the party would con­duct in­ves­ti­ga­tions. Ts­van­gi­rai said he wanted to tell us first so that we won’t be taken by sur­prise.”

Mr Banda yes­ter­day con­firmed the meet­ing be­tween coun­cil­lors and Mr Ts­van­gi­rai but would not be drawn to di­vulge de­tails say­ing, “We don’t dis­cuss party is­sues in the Press.”

Mr Ts­van­gi­rai is re­port­edly un­der pres­sure from a clique within the MDC-T that wants the party to also sus­pend the coun­cil­lors over the al­le­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion.

“The main tar­get is Gift Banda, a key ally of vice pres­i­dent Thokozani Khupe, so there is a push to sus­pend those coun­cil­lors be­cause there is a prece­dence of Chi­tung­wiza where coun­cil­lors were sus­pended from the party un­der sim­i­lar cir­cum­stances,” said a source.

Ms Khupe re­port­edly leads a fac­tion en­gaged in a tus­sle with an­other led by Mr Nel­son Chamisa who was re­cently ap­pointed along with En­gi­neer Elias Mudzuri as ad­di­tional vice pres­i­dents of the MDC-T.

“The clique wants the mat­ter to be taken to the port­fo­lio com­mit­tee who will for­ward it to the le­gal com­mit­tee and then re­layed to the na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee be­fore the na­tional coun­cil makes a de­ci­sion on whether they are sus­pended or not bas­ing on the find­ings of the in­ves­ti­ga­tions.”

There was chaos af­ter the party’s na­tional ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil meet­ing when youths al­legedly or­gan­ised by Bu­l­awayo South leg­is­la­tor Ms Dor­cas Sibanda came to the party’s provin­cial of­fices chant­ing Mr Chamisa’s name.

“There is a plot to or­gan­ise the same youths to chant Chamisa’s name dur­ing the cel­e­bra­tions to­mor­row in a bid to de­nounce Khupe and show her that she does not have in­flu­ence in the prov­ince. The Khupe camp on the other hand in­sists that the num­bers would tell who is pow­er­ful in Bu­l­awayo,” said the in­sider.

Re­peated ef­forts to get a com­ment from Ms Sibanda were fruit­less.

Deputy mayor Gift Banda

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