MDC or­ders Byo deputy mayor to re­sign

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to ex­pel him and re­call him from coun­cil,” reads Mr Zvidzai’s let­ter. “Sim­i­lar cases of de­fi­ance else­where were dealt with by the party in the same way. You are aware that the mem­ber con­cerned falls within your area of con­trol, thus we kindly in­vite you to put due process in mo­tion.”

In re­sponse, the province wrote Kam­barami or­der­ing him to step down.

“In pur­suant to the let­ter ad­dressed to us by the Na­tional Sec­re­tary for Lo­cal Government we hereby in­form you that you are in­structed to step down from the po­si­tion of Deputy Mayor Bu­l­awayo Mu­nic­i­pal­ity within seven days of re­ceipt of this let­ter. Fail­ure to com­ply within the stip­u­lated pe­riod to Clr shall re­sult in your ex­pul­sion from the party and also re­call from the coun­cil,” reads the let­ter from MDC Bu­l­awayo.

Con­tacted for com­ment, Clr Kam­barami re­quested to be phoned in 30 min­utes but he was later not an­swer­ing his cell­phone. MDC has so far fired Vic­to­ria Falls Mayor Clr Somvelo Dlamini as well as Chegutu Mayor and six other coun­cil­lors.

Con­sti­tu­tional lawyer Pro­fes­sor Love­more Mad­huku said MDC was within its rights to fire coun­cil­lors as the prin­ci­ple is sim­i­lar to that used for fir­ing Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment and Se­na­tors.

“Un­der the Par­lia­men­tary pro­cesses a party can ex­pel some­one from the party and write to the Speaker lead­ing to the in­di­vid­ual’s ex­pul­sion from Par­lia­ment. In lo­cal au­thor­i­ties the party first ex­pels the in­di­vid­ual be­fore writ­ing to the Min­is­ter of Lo­cal Government, Pub­lic Works and Na­tional Hous­ing who will then no­tify the coun­cil­lor of ex­pul­sion. The rule is the same,” said Prof Mad­huku.

“Our laws al­lows a party to act in such an un­demo­cratic man­ner where peo­ple vote but the party de­cides who then re­mains in Par­lia­ment. So Chamisa (Nel­son) has been silly enough to ex­pose the un­demo­cratic na­ture of our con­sti­tu­tion.”

How­ever, a well placed source said it would be dif­fi­cult for the MDC to ex­pel some of the coun­cil­lors as they were elected un­der the MDC Al­liance ban­ner.

“Th­ese coun­cil­lors were elected un­der MDC Al­liance which is not a po­lit­i­cal party but a coali­tion. But now a po­lit­i­cal party wants to re­call them which can cre­ate a le­gal hur­dle. The coun­cil­lors can eas­ily be de­fi­ant us­ing that le­gal tech­ni­cal­ity and re­tain their po­si­tions. So the best thing is to watch the space,” said the of­fi­cial. — @nqot­shili

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