Saturday, September 18, 2021

Fired Zanu PF Cllrs allege persecution

                                                                        Cllr Ngwenya

The ruling Zanu PF party has recalled two of its
councillors while one was heavily cautioned for ‘donating’ the Chiredzi Town
Council chairperson and deputy chairperson posts to the opposition while the
ruling party has a majority.
Chiredzi town has a total of eight wards; four of
which went to Zanu PF, three to MDC Alliance and one went to an independent
councillor in the July 30 elections.
The Zanu PF councillors found themselves in the eye of
the storm when they let the MDC Alliance land the chairperson post deputised by
an independent councillor.
After the debacle, the four Zanu PF councillors were
suspended pending investigations by the provincial disciplinary committee which
deliberated and resolved to recall two councillors whom are believed to have
voted for the opposition.
Presenting the resolutions before a Provincial Coordinating
Committee (PCC) last Sunday, provincial secretary for administration, Ailes
Baloyi said investigations from the disciplinary committee found two
councillors guilty.
“The province has resolved to recall Obert Ngwenya and
Josphat Nzombe from the party paving way for by-elections.
“We found out that these two have worked in connivance
with the opposition and as a party that believes in principles, we cannot
tolerate indiscipline. We would rather go for a by-election than keep people
who have double standards in the party,” said Baloyi.
Zanu PF has also cautioned Liberty Macharaga while
Blessing Mazinyani was exonerated of any wrong doing.
When contacted for comment, Ngwenya told TellZim News
that charges against him were baseless because he did everything that he was
told to do by the party.
“I am yet to get formal communication on the matter
but to tell you the truth, I never betrayed the party. I did all I was told. I
wanted to be the council chairperson and they told me to step aside and pave
way for another and I did exactly that.
“They told me to stand for the chairperson post in the
housing committee and I did and won. All those allegations against me are
false. Maybe, there are other reasons behind but not the ones they are telling
“Is it a crime to mobilise people for a vote? Every
vote comes through mobilisation and I don’t see how that is a crime. I think
there are only a few interested people in our party who don’t want me as the
housing committee chairperson because they know I will block all their land
“I love my party and I will not defy their directives.
I will not join any other party and will never be an independent,” said
An equally similar incident happened in Masvingo urban
where MDC Alliance controls seven out of the ten wards but voted for a Zanu PF
councillor as the deputy mayor.
MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa has since ordered
mayor Collen Maboke to step down for having defied the party directive and
making a deal with Zanu PF.
Nzombe could not be reached for comment as his phone
could not get through by the time of going to print.

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