Ex-Gweru Mayor Kom­bayi at­tends first coun­cil meet­ing

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Pa­trick Chi­tumba Mid­lands Bureau Chief

FOR­MER Gweru mayor, Coun­cil­lor Ha­mu­tendi Kom­bayi, at­tended his first full coun­cil meet­ing yes­ter­day fol­low­ing his re­in­state­ment by the High Court as an or­di­nary coun­cil­lor at the end of Oc­to­ber.

Clr Kom­bayi, who to­gether with Clr Ken­neth Sit­hole had been con­test­ing their sack­ing from coun­cil, re­cently won their case af­ter a Bulawayo High Court Judge Jus­tice Ni­cholas Mathonsi set aside the de­ci­sion of an in­de­pen­dent tri­bunal which rec­om­mended their sack­ing.

Jus­tice Mathonsi also or­dered that Clrs Kom­bayi and Sit­hole be re­in­stated as mayor and or­di­nary Clr re­spec­tively.

Dur­ing a full coun­cil meet­ing held at the Town House, Clr Kom­bayi sat with the rest of the coun­cil­lors who in­cluded Clr Sit­hole while the cur­rent mayor, Clr Charles Chikozho, chaired the meet­ing. Wear­ing his may­oral chains and seated at the high ta­ble, Clr Chikozho wel­comed Clrs Kom­bayi and Sit­hole.

“We are now fully con­sti­tuted since now we have 18 coun­cil­lors in the room rep­re­sent­ing all the Wards in the city. We wel­come Clr Kom­bayi and Clr Sit­hole to this house. This means all the wards now have rep­re­sen­ta­tion and that is ex­pected to im­prove ser­vice de­liv­ery. We fully wel­come the par­tic­i­pa­tion of the two coun­cil­lors in de­bate that will lead to an im­proved ser­vice de­liv­ery in the city,” he said.

Clr Kom­bayi, in an in­ter­view af­ter the full coun­cil meet­ing, said he was go­ing to work with Clr Chikozho for the de­vel­op­ment of the city. He said it did not mat­ter whether or not he was the mayor. “The is­sue of the may­oral post is not an is­sue any­more to us. We are go­ing to work as a team of 18 coun­cil­lors for the de­vel­op­ment of our city. Be­ing a mayor or not doesn’t stop me from adding value to this town,” said Clr Kom­bayi.

The Min­is­ter of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment and Na­tional Hous­ing, Cde Saviour Ka­sukuwere, had fired Clrs Kom­bayi and Sit­hole fol­low­ing rec­om­men­da­tions made by the in­de­pen­dent tri­bunal headed by Mr Isaac Muzenda early this year. Min­is­ter Ka­sukuwere rep­ri­manded the other 10 coun­cil­lors and re­in­stated them to their po­si­tions.

Clr Chikozho, who was part of the 10 coun­cil­lors who were re­in­stated, was then elected Gweru mayor.

In his judg­ment dated Oc­to­ber 31, Jus­tice Mathonsi said: “It is or­dered that the de­ci­sion of the 1st Re­spon­dent (the in­de­pen­dent tri­bunal) be and is hereby set aside…the con­vic­tions of the ap­pli­cants be and are hereby set aside and quashed. The 1st and 2nd ap­pli­cants (Kom­bayi and Sit­hole) are hereby re­in­stated to their po­si­tions as coun­cil­lors of the City of Gweru forth­with, with­out any loss of al­lowances and ben­e­fits. The 5th re­spon­dent (Cde Ka­sukuwere) shall bear the costs of this ap­pli­ca­tion.”

Clr Ha­mu­tendi Kom­bayi

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