Deputy Mayor cir­cus con­tin­ues

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THE on­go­ing fight for the Bu­l­awayo Deputy Mayor po­si­tion ap­pears to be far from over, with one of the aspir­ing can­di­dates vow­ing to ig­nore the party lead­er­ship’s de­ci­sion to en­dorse last week’s vote which saw Ward Three coun­cil­lor, Ti­nashe Kam­barami re­tain­ing the po­si­tion un­op­posed.

Ward One coun­cil­lor, Mlandu Ncube has been in­volved in a bit­ter fight for the po­si­tion af­ter he had been ini­tially sec­onded to the po­si­tion dur­ing a cau­cus vote but was even­tu­ally beaten to the po­si­tion by Clr Kam­barami that was held in the coun­cil cham­bers.

MDC Bu­l­awayo province then or­dered Clr Kam­barami to re­sign from his po­si­tion or risk be­ing ex­pelled from the party and coun­cil, ac­cus­ing him of de­fy­ing party or­ders to have Clr Ncube elected to the post. Clr Kam­barami last Sun­day orally an­nounced his res­ig­na­tion in the pres­ence of the party’s pres­i­dent, Mr Nel­son Chamisa, only to be re-elected un­op­posed the fol­low­ing day.

Speak­ing to our sis­ter pa­per, Chron­i­cle, on Fri­day, the party’s deputy pres­i­dent, Mr Mor­gan Komichi said the party had ac­cepted Clr Kam­barami’s elec­tion as the city’s Deputy Mayor. How­ever, Clr Ncube has in­sisted that as far as he was con­cerned the re-elec­tion of Clr Kam­barami was a non-event say­ing the mat­ter would only be con­cluded when the party and coun­cil­lors go back to the orig­i­nal cau­cus de­ci­sion en­dors­ing him as the city’s Deputy Mayor. He said as long as coun­cil­lors con­tinue de­lay­ing his rise to the Deputy Mayor post they were de­lay­ing progress in the city and avoid­ing the in­evitable.

“This is­sue is not over at all, I was not told of the party po­si­tion nor was there any­thing put in writ­ing to that ef­fect. Ac­tu­ally as far as I am con­cerned pres­i­dent Chamisa’s or­der for Clr Kam­barami to re­sign was not im­ple­mented. I know that we are fo­cus­ing a lot on this is­sue but I be­lieve the only way we can progress on this mat­ter is sim­ply go­ing back to the orig­i­nal party de­ci­sion and coun­cil­lors cau­cus that had me as the Deputy Mayor, I will not tire un­til this is achieved and I be­come the Deputy Mayor of Bu­l­awayo,” said Clr Ncube.

How­ever, it has since emerged that the party on Fri­day dis­patched the party’s sec­re­tary for lo­cal govern­ment, who is also the MDC Al­liance chief of staff, Mr Se­sel Zvidzai to come and calm the storm in the city and en­sure that the coun­cil­lors ac­cept last Mon­day’s vote where Clr Kam­barami was elected to the sec­ond top­most po­si­tion in the city, un­op­posed.

Con­tacted for comment, yes­ter­day, Mr Zvidzai con­firmed the meet­ing, say­ing it was a fruit­ful meet­ing and coun­cil­lors were ready to set aside the divi­sions caused by the Deputy Mayor vote and forge ahead for the bet­ter­ment of the city.

“On Fri­day I met with Bu­l­awayo coun­cil­lors to give them di­rec­tion on lo­cal govern­ment busi­ness and party pol­icy and I should tell you that I have never met a tran­quil and fo­cused group, they sat to­gether and are rar­ing to lift the pride of the city to an­other level. They are alive to the fact that Bu­l­awayo is an icon when it comes to lo­cal govern­ment work and would not want to be held ac­count­able for de­stroy­ing this legacy. Yes, there are a few hitches here and there that have to be scratched but th­ese are just mi­nor,” said Mr Zvidzai.

Ques­tioned on Clr Ncube’s po­si­tion on the mat­ter and his griev­ances, Mr Zvidzai said; “I do un­der­stand Clr Ncube but he also has to re­alise the pro­cesses that have been done as a party. How­ever, I must as­sure you that we are all work­ing to­gether not­ing that what is im­por­tant is serv­ing the peo­ple of Bu­l­awayo. His time will come. Fur­ther you will find that the peo­ple of Bu­l­awayo care less on who be­comes Mayor or Deputy Mayor but it is ser­vice de­liv­ery which they are push­ing for.”

Ques­tioned on Mr Zvidzai’s sen­ti­ments, Clr Ncube said he had not at­tended the said meet­ing as he was at­tend­ing a fu­neral in Ntabazin­duna.

MDC Al­liance na­tional spokesper­son, Mr Ja­cob Ma­fume warned Clr Ncube say­ing he had to bring him­self to or­der as the party had al­ready made its official po­si­tion clear and it was up to him to ac­cept it or risk be­ing la­belled a rebel.

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