3 MDC-T coun­cil­lors face ex­pul­sion

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Nduduzo Tshuma Po­lit­i­cal Ed­i­tor

THE MDC-T has sum­moned three Bu­l­awayo coun­cil­lors to a dis­ci­plinary hear­ing that could lead to their ex­pul­sion as fac­tion­al­ism con­tin­ues to tear the em­bat­tled op­po­si­tion party apart.

The three af­fected coun­cil­lors are Gla­dys Ma­suku, Lot Siz­iba and Sitha­bile Mataga. They are set to ap­pear be­fore a dis­ci­plinary tri­bunal on a date to be an­nounced by the party.

MDC-T Bu­l­awayo pro­vin­cial chair­per­son Mr Gift Banda yes­ter­day con­firmed the de­vel­op­ments but de­clined to shed light on the al­le­ga­tions lev­elled against the three.

“We are not go­ing to pre-empt the dis­ci­plinary hear­ing, peo­ple are go­ing to go to the hear­ing and the ver­dict shall be com­mu­ni­cated af­ter­wards,” he said.

In­sid­ers said the three are ac­cused of not work­ing with party struc­tures and in the case of Clr Mataga, there are sus­pi­cions that she is work­ing with the Tendai Biti-led Peo­ple’s Demo­cratic Party.

“In fact in the case of Mataga, we un­der­stand that the party will be writ­ing to the Min­is­ter of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Pub­lic Works and Na­tional Hous­ing Saviour Ka­sukuwere to re­call her from the lo­cal au­thor­ity over sus­pi­cions that she is work­ing with Biti’s party,” said an in­sider.

“The other two coun­cil­lors are al­leged to have been shun­ning party pro­grammes and not re­port­ing to party struc­tures on their ac­tiv­i­ties. They are ac­cused of work­ing alone and neg­a­tively af­fect­ing the party.”

A let­ter writ­ten to one of the coun­cil­lors ac­cused the three of work­ing with the Vet­eran Ac­tivists As­so­ci­a­tion (VAA) linked to one of the MDC-T vice pres­i­dents Mr Nel­son Chamisa.

Mr Chamisa and fel­low vice pres­i­dent Ms Khupe are re­port­edly lead­ing fac­tions in­volved in a bit­ter tus­sle to suc­ceed their ail­ing leader, Mr Mor­gan Ts­van­gi­rai.

“This is a fac­tional fight, as you know Bu­l­awayo province is aligned to MaKhupe and there is an on­go­ing per­se­cu­tion of all those sus­pected to be al­lies of Chamisa. This is an ex­er­cise to weed out Chamisa al­lies from the province,” said a source.

“Again in the case of Siz­iba, there is sus­pi­cion from some Khupe al­lies that he may have leaked information to a lo­cal non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion about the cor­rupt and ir­reg­u­lar ac­qui­si­tion of prop­erty by coun­cil­lors — the very is­sue that got five coun­cil­lors sus­pended by the Gov­ern­ment.”

Last month, Mr Ts­van­gi­rai said the party would be in­sti­tut­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions into al­le­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion that led to the sus­pen­sion of the five coun­cil­lors.

This was af­ter Cde Ka­sukuwere sus­pended Mr Gift Banda, who is also Deputy Mayor 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.

Af­ter the sus­pen­sions, the Chamisa-led fac­tion re­port­edly tried to take ad­van­tage of the sus­pen­sions to call for the ex­pul­sion of the coun­cil­lors, es­pe­cially Mr Banda, viewed as a key ally of Ms Khupe.

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