Gweru wel­comes re­in­stated Kom­bayi

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Midlands & North-West News - Pa­trick Chi­tumba

FOR­MER Gweru mayor, 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, were con­test­ing their sack­ing from coun­cil.

They won their case af­ter a Bulawayo High Court Judge Jus­tice Ni­cholas Mathonsi set aside the de­ci­sion by an in­de­pen­dent tri­bunal which rec­om­mended their sack­ing.

Jus­tice Mathonsi also or­dered that Kom­bayi and Sithole be re­in­stated as coun­cil­lors.

Dur­ing a full coun­cil meet­ing held at the town house, Cllr Kom­bayi sat with the rest of the coun­cil­lors who in­cluded Cllr Sithole while the cur­rent Mayor, Cllr Charles Chikozho chaired the meet­ing.

Cllr Chikozho wel­comed Cllrs’ 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 Cllr Kom­bayi and Cllr Sithole to this house.

“This means all the wards now have rep­re­sen­ta­tion and that is ex­pected to im­prove on ser­vice de­liv­ery.

“We fully wel­come the par­tic­i­pa­tion of the two coun­cil­lors in de­bate that will lead to an im­proved ser­vice de­liv­ery in the town,” he said.

Cllr Kom­bayi in an in­ter­view af­ter the full coun­cil meet­ing said he was go­ing to work with Cllr 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 does not stop me from adding value to this town,” said Cllr Kom­bayi.

Cllr Kom­bayi

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