Zanu-PF sum­mons er­rant coun­cil­lors

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Tawanda Man­goma in CHIREDZI

THE Zanu-PF pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive here has sum­moned four Chiredzi Town coun­cil­lors for a dis­ci­plinary hear­ing for gross mis­con­duct and dis­loy­alty af­ter they al­legedly sold out to the MDC-Al­liance by al­low­ing the op­po­si­tion party to land the coun­cil chair­man­ship de­spite the rul­ing party be­ing the ma­jor­ity in coun­cil.

The coun­cil­lors were last month given pro­hi­bi­tion or­ders by the party pro­vin­cial lead­er­ship pend­ing their ap­pear­ance be­fore a dis­ci­plinary hear­ing af­ter al­low­ing the MDC Al­liance’s Coun­cil­lor Gib­son Hwende to land the chair­man­ship in the sugar grow­ing town coun­cil dom­i­nated by Zanu-PF.

Zanu-PF bagged four wards in the town dur­ing the July 30 polls, while the MDC Al­liance got three, with one seat go­ing to an in­de­pen­dent can­di­date.

Clr Hwende was duly elected Chiredzi Town chair af­ter gar­ner­ing five votes, while Zanu-PF’s can­di­date Clr Bless­ing Mazinyane man­aged two votes, with the re­main­ing vote go­ing to an in­de­pen­dent can­di­date.

The de­vel­op­ment courted the ire of the party lead­er­ship in the prov­ince which ac­cused some of its coun­cil­lors of go­ing to bed with the op­po­si­tion by vot­ing for Clr Hwende ahead of Cde Mazinyane.

Zanu-PF Masvingo pro­vin­cial vice chair Cde Ai­less Baloyi said the coun­cil­lors Cdes Lib­erty Macharaga, Obert Ng­wenya, Josphat Nzombe and Mazinyane had been sum­moned for a hear­ing this week.

In a let­ter to the four coun­cil­lors, Cde Baloyi said they will ap­pear be­fore a pro­vin­cial dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee to­day.

“Pro­hi­bi­tion or­der has been is­sued on you for the fol­low­ing charges: (1) In terms of Chap­ter 1, Ar­ti­cle 3, Sec­tion 21, Sub­sec­tion (1,2,3,4 and 5) of the Zanu-PF Party con­sti­tu­tion in that you failed to per­form du­ties re­quired of a mem­ber,” reads the let­ter.

“Con­trary to this Ar­ti­cle, you dis­re­spected the pro­vin­cial lead­er­ship and the party at large by work­ing in ca­hoots with mem­bers of the op­po­si­tion MDC Al­liance and some of our party rene­gades cul­mi­nat­ing in bring­ing the party into dis­re­pute and ridicule,” con­tin­ued the let­ter.

Cde Baloyi said the coun­cil­lors acted in vi­o­la­tion of the party’s con­sti­tu­tion by sup­port­ing Clr Hwende.

“In terms of Ar­ti­cle 28, Sec­tion 262 (b) and (c) on gen­eral pro­vi­sions of the party con­sti­tu­tion, you failed to obey a law­ful or­der as re­quired of a mem­ber,” he said. “You are, in this case charged with gross mis­con­duct and dis­loy­alty.”

Zanu-PF last month warned that the party was go­ing to fol­low in­ter­nal party pro­cesses to deal with er­rant Chiredzi Town coun­cil­lors for go­ing to bed with the op­po­si­tion.

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