GWERU – Tuesday August 4,2015- Minister Of Local Government
and Zanu(PF) political commisar Saviour Kasukuwere has fired two MDC-T
councilors over allegations of abuse of public funds, a development
that is set to call for more by-elections as Zanu PF seeks to regain
control of the local authority.
Albert Chirau (ward 11) and Moses Marecha (ward 5) were served with
dismissal letters on Monday following their two months suspension amid
reports of an arson against MDC-T councilors by the ‘overzealous’
The duo was suspended during former Local Government Minister Ignatius
Chombo’s tenure before a Commission of Inquiry was dispatched to
investigate cases of corruption in the local authority.
During his term of officer Marecha who is a councilor in Senga is
accused of selling gravel and not remitting funds to treasury.
Chirau is accused of renting out council properties like clubs and
pocketing the funds.
The aftermath of the corruption investigations has resulted in the
firing of the two councilors who confirmed the development when
contacted by Radio VOP.
“I can confirm that I was served with the dismissal letter yesterday;
you can contact the party (MDC-T) for more information,” Chirau told
Chirau had professed innocence before the long arm of the law caught
up with him.
“This is a long process of finding out what really happened. We will
have to deal with police if it’s a criminal offense,” said Chirau.
His partner counterpart, Marecha remained tight-lipped when contacted
“I have been censored to comment by the party. Please contact the
party for comment,” a once outspoken Marecha said.
Council sources say the ouster of the two MDC-T councilors confirm
Kasukuwere’s threats that he wanted to target MDC run local
It has not been established whether the two will be prosecuted.
MDC-T Midlands South provincial spokesperson, Munyaradzi Mutandavari
said Zanu PF the firing of the two councillors was a ploy to get rid
of MDC-T run councils.
“This is an onslaught from Zanu (PF). Kasukuwere wants MDC out of
council, but we will not allow him,” Mutandavari said without
clarifying whether the party would challenge the dismissal.
Marecha and Chirau were in May embroiled in the murky conspiracy of
seeking to oust Mayor Hamutendi Kombayi but failed as they were
suspended just weeks after the attempted ‘coup’
A by election is therefore on the cards and Zanu(PF) is set to retain
the council seats, whilst MDC maintains its “No reforms, No Vote”
MDC has since 2000 dominated the Gweru local authority, with Zanu(PF)
playing second fiddle.