By Staff Reporter
MDC Alliance councillors in Midlands have said they are living on borrowed time and are no longer secure as they fear being purged from council at any time by MDC-T Secretary General Douglas Mwonzora.
The uncertainty on the councillors security has greatly impacted on the councillors contribution to service delivery issues as they seem not to know if they will still be in council the following day.
“To tell the truth we are living in uncertain times. Our positions in council are not safe as we are living with the possibility of being recalled by Mwonzora at any time,” a councillor from Midlands for fear of represal told this publication.
They have been heightened tension amongst councillors of recall threats after a letter emerged from social media which was purportedly written by Mwonzora with the aim of mass recalls of councillors across the country.
In the supposed recall letter dated 30 September 2020 and addressed to Local Government Minister July Moyo, Mwonzora is alleged to have flexed his muscles and chopped some rebels from various councils.
“We hereby, notify your office in terms of Section 278 as read in section 129 of the constitutio of Zimbabwe we hereby declare the following councillors have ceased to being of the Movement for Democratic Change which is a member of the Movement for Democratic Change Alliance which was formed in terms of the constitutional agreement on a copy of which is hereby attached,” the letter read before listing the councillors who were supposed to be purged.
Though this publication could not ascertain to the veracity of the letter as Mwonzora had not responded to questions sent by this publication at the time of publishing the letter has however, helped in making councillors resigning to fate.
“We have just resigned to fate as we are prepared to be recalled at any time. We are only awaiting the official communication,” another councillor said. Some councillors contend that the situation has impacted negatively on service delivery.
“What suffers most at the end of the day is service delivery as councillors now cannot give their all because of the uncertainties being created.”
In the letter purges are targeted on Kwekwe Mayor Angeline Kasipo and her Deputy Shadreck Tobaiwa and two other councillors, Redcliff Deputy Mayor Vincent Masiiwa and Councillor Maxine Dabvu, in Gokwe Mayor Never Gwanzura and his deputy Charity Magwenzi are earmarked for the purge, while some councillors in Zvishavane are also part of those on the list of councillors facing recalls from across the country.
Mwonzora has since recalled numerous councillors from across the country. Meanwhile, MDC Alliance Deputy Spokeperson Clifford Hlatswayo has urged councillors to remain steadfast and be with the people.
“We saw this letter on social media. But we are not shocked by this. Mwonzora and crew are failed politicians who are now trying to destroy the people’s struggle but they have already failed. Political power is derived from the people not courts or other political party. Councillors were elected by the people and they must remain with the people. Mwonzora and cabal are Zanu PF. So this move they know very well that it’s illegal but because they have protection of the looters and abductors they continue doing it,” he said.