MDC-Al­liance fires Vic Falls Mayor

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Leonard Ncube Vic­to­ria Falls Re­porter

THE MDC Al­liance has fired Vic­to­ria Falls Mayor, Councillor Somvelo Dlamini, on al­le­ga­tions of bring­ing the party into dis­re­pute by defying di­rec­tives and un­der­min­ing pro­to­col among other charges.

The ex­pul­sion comes a day af­ter the trou­bled Nel­son Chamisa-led party fired Chegutu mayor, Clr Henry Muchat­i­baya, and sus­pended six coun­cil­lors from the party for defying a di­rec­tive on the elec­tion of the mayor early last month.

Clr Dlamini’s charges are premised on the fact that he al­legedly de­fied the party’s decree where he was sup­posed to stand as deputy mayor and leave the may­or­ship for pre­ferred can­di­date, Clr Mar­garet Val­ley of Ward 1.

MDC Al­liance Mata­bele­land North pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary, Mr Mx­olisi Ndlovu, ad­vised Clr Dlamini of his ex­pul­sion in a let­ter dated Oc­to­ber 20, 2018.

The let­ter was de­liv­ered to Clr Dlamini in Vic­to­ria Falls on Wed­nes­day.

Mr Ndlovu could not be reached for com­ment on his mo­bile phone yes­ter­day while the party’s na­tional chair­man Mr Mor­gen Komichi’s mo­bile phone con­tin­u­ously rang unan­swered.

Ac­cord­ing to the let­ter, Clr Dlamini ceases to be a party mem­ber and Mayor with im­me­di­ate ef­fect.

The al­le­ga­tions lev­elled against him re­volve around defying party di­rec­tives, em­a­nat­ing from the fact that he stood as a can­di­date for mayor where he beat Clr Val­ley by eight votes to three.

Clr Dlamini al­legedly vi­o­lated the party’s dis­ci­plinary code of con­duct and sec­tion 2 and sub­sec­tion 2.1 of the con­sti­tu­tion.

“For what­ever rea­son, bring­ing the name of the party into dis­re­pute or ridicule; in any way or man­ner in­ter­fer­ing or act­ing in any act which un­der­mines or hin­ders the fu­ture of the party’s aims and ob­jec­tives; dis­re­spect­ing and un­der­min­ing any or­gan or elected of­fi­cial in­clud­ing fail­ure to re­spect pro­to­col of the party and con­duct­ing your­self in a man­ner likely to pro­voke se­ri­ous di­vi­sions or a break­down in the party,” reads part of the let­ter.

“In light of the above charges laid against you by the pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee based on pow­ers vested on it in terms of sec­tion 3.6.3 of the con­sti­tu­tion, we hereby sus­pend you from at­tend­ing any coun­cil busi­ness on the party ticket.”

Mr Ndlovu said Clr Dlamini is ex­pelled from the party as an elected councillor for Ward 9 pend­ing fur­ther ac­tion by the na­tional coun­cil in line with the party con­sti­tu­tion.

“It’s with deep re­gret that the pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee hav­ing sat on the 20th of Oc­to­ber has re­solved to ex­pel you from the po­si­tion of councillor for Ward 9 of the Vic­to­ria Falls Mu­nic­i­pal­ity. The de­ci­sion came about fol­low­ing a series of your con­tin­ued breach of party stand­ing rules and reg­u­la­tions and pro­to­col as out­lined.

“You’ve con­tin­ued to defy the party’s po­si­tion on the may­or­ship is­sue where it was agreed that you stand as a deputy mayor and you’ve con­tin­ued to defy the province and the party pres­i­dent as re­gards the same is­sue,” added Mr Ndlovu.

The let­ter was copied to the party’s Ward 9 and district ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tees as well as na­tional coun­cil and Vic­to­ria Falls Mu­nic­i­pal­ity man­age­ment.

Vic­to­ria Falls Town Clerk, Mr Ron­nie Dube, con­firmed knowl­edge of the is­sue but said the lo­cal au­thor­ity was yet to re­ceive for­mal com­mu­ni­ca­tion from the party.

The party will have to write to the Min­is­ter of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Pub­lic Works and Na­tional Hous­ing, Cde July Moyo, in­form­ing him about its de­ci­sion and the Min­is­ter will in turn ad­vise the lo­cal au­thor­ity af­ter which the Zim­babwe Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (Zec) can de­clare the post va­cant. Clr Dlamini said he was not ready to com­ment on the is­sue.

How­ever, Vic­to­ria Falls res­i­dents ac­cused the MDC Al­liance lead­er­ship of be­tray­ing its mem­bers and vowed to stand by Clr Dlamini.

“We voted for Dlamini be­cause we knew and trusted him and he made us know Chamisa who is now be­tray­ing him. All it means is that we can no longer trust this party be­cause we are as good as ex­pelled as well,” said a res­i­dent, Mr Phu­mu­lani Ncube. — @ncubeleon

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