Chombo expected to swear-in defiant Marondera mayor

ignatious_chomboMARONDERA - The long awaited swearing-in of Councillor Farai Nyandoro, as official mayor of this provincial capital of Mashonaland East, could be over this week, as minister Chombo (Pictured), has finally promised to solemnize the MDC councillors mayor ship this Friday.

When mayors from other towns were officially sworn in last year, Nyandoros swearing in was stalled by what Minister Chombo described as outstanding issues. The youthful mayor to be defied Chombos directive to accept Zanu PF appointed special interest councillors. The appointed councillors included failed and losing former city fathers, Ralph Chimanikire, Charity Govere and one Kochi.

Chombo also instructed council to award a hefty exit package to Chimanikire, who was ousted out of town house by Nyandoro at the March 28, 2008 harmonised ballot. Chimanikire had served as mayor for four years and left office as ceremonial mayor. Among other benefits, Chombo said Chimanikire must be allocated as an exit package include four vehicles and a low density house at 8 Mimosa, Lendy Park.

Chimanikire is believe to be Chombos nephew. As an elected peoples council, we reject Chombos instructions. We are challenging him in a court of law, said Nyandoro last year.

True to his word, Nyandoro took the case to court, provoking Chombos anger. Chombo dragged his feet in swearing in Nyandoro as mayor. Recently, Chombo forced Zanu (PF) losing councillors on residents as councillors for special groups. A move rejected by both residents and councillors. Nyandoro again sought recourse from courts of law. With the current standoff between Chombo and Nyandoro, residents remain anxious if the Zanu (PF) henchman will swallow his pride and officially swear-in the brave MDC city father into office, come Friday.

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