Zanu PF councillors face chop

….as Mavhenyengwa reads riot act  


MASVINGO-Zanu PF Masvingo provincial chairperson, Robson Mavhenyengwa has read the riot act on elected Zanu PF councilors in the province who no longer tore the party line as once again factionalism rears its ugly head in the revolutionary party.

Mavhenyengwa said actions by some councilors was putting the party into disrepute and derailing President Mnangangwa’s vision of turning the country into a upper middle come economy by 2030.

He said if the elected councilors continue to work against the President’s vision, they risk being recalled from council chambers.

Mavhenyengwa said this while addressing all Zanu PF councilors in the province at Masvingo Poly on Saturday last week.

“We are receiving reports that some councillors who were elected under Zanu PF no longer recognise the leadership of the party from ward level, DCC, up to provincial leadership.

“They are moving around saying, I am now a councilor  I do as I wish, I no longer consult the party leadership in executing  council business, but let me warn you that if we continue receiving such reports we will be forced to act even if it means removing you from that position,” he said.

Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Ezra Chadzamira also weighed in and told the councilors to continuously engage party leadership for guidance, clear understanding and execution of the President’s vision.

“The President has a clear vision for the country which is mostly anchored on improving service delivery in all corners of the country.

“This vision can only be well understood and executed when you as elected officials are consulting the party on how to progress in your respective councils,” said Chadzamira.

However, during the meeting the elected councilors raised concerns regarding their welfare urging the government to consider improving their condition of service.  

They said the allowances are not enough to take care of their needs at ward level and this is hampering execution of their duties.

“We are basically a laughing stock in the communities that we live in, from the beginning we were never resourced for the 2023 harmonised elections as we forked out our meagre resources to get elected, yet MPs were given vehicles, fuel and money to campaign.

“The Government should seriously look into our welfare as elected officials, in other countries councillors are respected elected officials and some get vehicles to traverse their areas of jurisdiction, unfortunately it is the opposite in Zimbabwe.

“Whenever we complain residents always bring in the issues of service delivery, quite agreed, but charity begins at home, you can’t expect a poorly resourced councillor to get to the bottom of residents’ problems when one cannot even board a bus to the next township.

“To compound our problems the wards are so vast, making it difficult for one to adequately and efficiently cover the whole ward as expected,” said one councillor from Mwenezi.

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