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MDC-T Continues its Purge on Defiant Mayors and Councillors

  • Sithandekile Mhlanga

The MDC-T confirmed Monday it is continuing to crack the whip on councillors who defied party orders during mayoral elections, with Gweru mayor Hamutendi Kombayi, his deputy Artwell Matyorauta, and councillors as the latest targeted casualties.

The Tsvangirai MDC formation confirmed Monday it is continuing to crack the whip on councillors who defied party orders during mayoral elections with Gweru mayor Hamutendi Kombayi, his deputy Artwell Matyorauta, and more than eight councillors becoming the latest targeted casualties.

The MDC Gweru provincial leadership met at the weekend and recommended the suspension of the mayor and councillors. The provincial executive is yet to finalize the matter.

The party says it has already suspended Mutare mayor and councillors on the same allegations of not toeing the party line.

A similar purge is expected in other local authorities, including Victoria Falls and Kwekwe.

MDC-T legislator for Lobengula, Samuel Siphepha Nkomo tells V-O-A’s Sithandekile Mhlanga he commends steps taken by the party to punish the councillors for not toeing the party line.

He says he hopes the purge will extend to other local authorities, including Bulawayo where councillors ignored the party’s directive and elected a deputy mayor of their choice.

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