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Maboke a product of Zanu PF, says Chamisa

…continued defiance mean

Moses Ziyambi
MDC Alliance Nelson Chamisa has
fired another salvo at Masvingo mayor Collen Maboke, saying the beleaguered
city father was a product of some Zanu PF arrangement and not the party’s
choice for the coveted position.
Chamisa told TellZim News over
the phone on Tuesday that Maboke was digging for himself a hole in which he
would suffocate should he continue on his chosen path of defiance of the
opposition alliance’s call to step down immediately.
Chamisa said the party had made
itself clear on the kind of arrangement it wanted to see in Masvingo City
Council, and would therefore not accept to continue being held to ransom by one
“This is a very straightforward one.
The party through internal democratic processes, arrived at the candidate who
should be mayor, and Maboke is not that candidate. Maboke is a product of some arrangement
with Zanu, and we said look, we will not have arrangements that are made
without the knowledge of the party. So he has to step aside, if he doesn’t, he
faces the risk of being fired if he does not act to the dictates of the party.
“It is a simple one, he has to
step aside and give way for a proper arrangement as required by the party. He
will be expelled for sure. We can’t allow indiscipline that undermines the
strength of the party. He has to step down right away or be expelled,” Chamisa
He drew comparisons with what
happened in Chegutu and Victoria Falls where mayors were made to step down
after landing the positions by contradicting the party’s preferred
“It would be good if people are
to pull together in one direction rather than remain stubborn while getting
lost. We have serious work to do and we can’t be seen to be talking about the
same issues every day. This has to come to an end sooner than later,” he said.
Maboke controversially landed the
position of mayor at the expense of the party’s then preferred candidate
Godfrey Kurauone after striking a secret trade off deal for the position of
deputy mayor with Zanu PF councillors in exchange for their votes for the
mayoral position.
With three councillors out of 10,
Zanu PF stood no chance of taking the deputy mayoral position had it not been
for the bargain.
In Chegutu, Hillary Muchatibaya
was fired last week for defying party orders to step down, with six councillors
suspended for voting for him against official orders to vote for Maphios
In Victoria Falls, Somvelo Dhlamini
was also forced to step down and pave way for Margaret Varley, the party’s
chosen candidate.

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