Residents Demand Commissioner's Ouster For Violence

By Sydney Gokomere

Gweru, September 06, 2016 – GWERU residents have petitioned their council demanding the dismissal of city commissioner Mark Choga who was recently convicted for assaulting a resident.

Choga was last Monday fined $150 for assaulting Frank Muzorera with a three month jail term hanging over his head if he failed to pay the fine.

Soon after his conviction, a group of placard waving residents demonstrated outside the magistrates’ courts denouncing “boxers who masqueraded as city fathers”.

The residents said they felt Choga was no longer fit to hold public office after he was convicted at the courts.

“We are reliably informed that commissioner Mr Choga was convicted of assault charges on the 29th of August 2016 at the Gweru magistrates courts,” read part of the letter addressed to acting town clerk, Edgar Mwedzi and signed by Gweru Residents and Ratepayers Association secretary general, Cleopas Matongo.

“As citizens, we are therefore appealing to your good office that we are no longer comfortable being led by a commissioner who failed to exercise good conduct in front of residents.

“Section 278 read together with section 129 of the constitution of Zimbabwe clearly states that no member shall be allowed to continue holding public office after being convicted.”

The residents said they were willing to pay their bills to council but said they would not do so under the administration of a commission, one of whose member was a convict.

They said they eagerly waited for the local authority to take action against Choga for the progress of the city.

“However for council to continue running under the stewardship of Mr Choga, a convict, residents are not at liberty to come and pay their bills for the fear of being assaulted by the same M. Choga,” the letter read.

Mwedzi was not immediately available for comment.