“Committed individuals will be appointed to take charge of council business in the resort town. It is very unfortunate that most of these councillors don’t know local government business.This time we are not begging them,” said Chombo
Chombo’s threats follows the arrest of three MDC-T councillors by Victoria Falls police last week on allegations of assaulting the town mayor Nkosilathi Jiyane.
Jiyane resigned from MDC-T recently claiming that he was being harassed by party leaders in Matabeleland North province. He now runs Victoria Falls Town Council as an independent but has strong links with some Zanu (PF) leaders.
Last month Chombo came to Jiyane’s defence after MDC-T councillors threatened to fire him accusing him of incompetence. The minister in turn accused the councillors for bringing internal party squabbles into local governance issues. MDC-T wanted to replace the mayor with a former commercial farmer Larry Cunnings.
Chombo has to date expelled 11 MDC councilors country wide and suspended two. The MDC-T has accused Chombo of fighting to reduce the number of its councillors in local authorities and also of frustrating corruption probes against him.
Zimbabwe’s elected councillors last week formed an association which seeks to challenge their harassment by Chombo.