Khupe targets Redcliff mayor, deputy for recall

By News Editor

 MDC-T led by Thokozani Khupe is believed to be targeting to recall three councillors in Redcliff the Midlands Observer has gathered.

The three councillors who are believed to be under Khupe’s cosh and MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa’s loyalists are Mayor Clayton Masiyatsva, his Deputy Vincent Masiiwa and Councillor Lovemore Borerwe it has been gathered.

Sources further indicated that some other councillors in the steel making surburb are now sitting on the fence after Khupe in recent months flexed muscles by recalling not only MDC Alliance MPs but also councillors in Harare.

“We understand the Khupe faction is targeting Mayor Masiyatsva, his Deputy Masiiwa and Councillor Borerwo for a recall, since the three are not only perceived to be Chamisa loyalists but are also the most senior councillors who have served in council for a long time.

At the same time some councillors are now believed to be sitting on the fence,” sources said.

Contacted for comment Masiyatsva remained unfazed. 

“I dont respond to rumours, as far as i am concerned nothing of that sought came to my attention. As far as i am concerned i am the Mayor of Redcliff,” he said.The current developments comes at a time when one Redcliff Councillor, Nyasha Benza is fingered to have been party of the Khupe group which stormed MDC office in Kwekwe demanding for the eviction of MDC Alliance loyalists.

Khupe spokesperson Khalipani Phugeni in interview  said recalls for parliamentary or council deployees was not an individual decision.

“Its wrong to say the decision to recall party deployees to council or parliament is made by a single individual. The decision is done after consultation with the party’s executive as chaired by the secretary for local governance. Recalls are only made when individuals ceases to represent the party interests that is a solid ground for a recall.

“At the present moment the local government department in our party is looking at how councils are being run in the context of corruption allegations within councils. We will not hesitate to weed out bad apples,” Phugeni said. 

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