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Zimbabwe PM Tsvangirai Fires Chitungwiza Councilors in Corruption Crackdown

MDC founder Tsvangirai ordered Chitungwiza councilors to name party lands secretary Vincent Gwaradzimba mayor to clean up city hall after a party investigation turned up serious evidence of corruption

The Movement for Democratic Change formation led by Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has removed all 24 of its councilors from the 25-member town council of Chitungwiza following a probe into alleged corruption in the Harare satellite town, an MDC spokesman said.

A party spokesman said Tsvangirai told about 3,000 Chitungwiza residents Thursday that the former opposition party's national council and national executive had recommended that the councilors be fired.

Tsvangirai ordered the councilors Monday to name MDC Secretary of Lands Vincent Gwaradzimba mayor of Chitungwiza to clean up the administration Instead they made Alderman Philimon Chipiyo mayor and Rangarirai Mutingwende, previously suspended by the party, deputy mayor.

MDC spokesman Nelson Chamisa told VOA Studio 7 reporter Blessing Zulu that that the party has adopted a zero tolerance policy on corruption, adding that no member of the party at any level will escape accountability.