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Beleaguered MDC-T Gweru Mayor Meets Tsvangirai

Ambassador Bruce Wharton at Naletale National Monument with Gweru mayor Hamutendi Kombayi (left) and Norbert Nhutsve (right), regional director of National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe. (File Photo/Taurai Shava)
Beleaguered Gweru mayor Hamutendi Kombayi of the MDC-T formation met with party leader Morgan Tsvangirai on Monday seeking a reversal of the party’s decision asking him to resign from the mayorship and pave way for the election of a new mayor or face expulsion from the party.

Kombayi maintains he is the legitimate mayor of Gweru and is not planning to resign.

The MDC-T accuses Kombayi and some Gweru councillors defying the party and refusing to vote for trade unionist Councillor Charles Chikozho as mayor and and Councillor Kenneth Sithole as his deputy.

However, MDC-T councillors defied the party position and voted councillor Kombayi as mayor and Councilor Artwell Matyorauta as his deputy.

Tsvangirai’s spokesman Luke Tamborinyoka confirmed the meeting between his boss and Councillor Kombayi but refused to give details.

Kombayi told Studio 7 he met with Tsvangirayi on Monday but was also not in a position to disclose details.

He, however, confirmed he was still working as Gweru mayor though Tamborinyoka said the party’s national council decision for Kombayi to resign from the post should be respected.