MDC-T suspends Marondera Mayor over ZANU PF links

The MDC led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has suspended the Mayor of Marondera, Farai Nyandoro, for allegedly being too close to ZANU PF, among other issues.

Farai Nyandoro
Farai Nyandoro

Nyandoro has been suspended from the party for five years after a Mashonaland East provincial party committee pressed 12 charges against him and found him guilty of being too close to ZANU PF as well as reportedly flouting tender procedures.

MDC-T organising secretary Nelson Chamisa confirmed they were dealing with the matter internally.

Nyandoro’s relationships with ZANU PF’s Mashonaland East provincial governor, Aeneas Chigwedere, and provincial chairperson Ray Kaukonde, are believed to be what got him into trouble. He is also said to have fallen out of favour with his own party for ‘wining and dining’ ZANU PF provincial commissar Lawrence Katsiru and District Coordinating Committee chairperson for Marondera, despite them apparently being responsible for terrorizing MDC supporters.

In a suspension letter, MDC-T provincial secretary James Jowa said: “Given the way the Mayors Cheer Fund was conducted, the committee took the view that one would inevitably suspect a strong ZANUPF hand in controlling, directing and executing the course of events at the launch for a council in which the MDC-T controls 100% seats in the chamber.”

“In fact, the committee feels that you are either an implant or you have been seriously compromised by ZANU PF whose shenanigans betray an agenda to infiltrate and divide.”

Nyandoro was also found guilty of allocating stands to mainly ZANU PF supporters, which the MDC –T ruled was in contravention of their constitution because he acted “in collaboration with another political organisation in a manner which is contrary to the achievements of the aims and objects of the MDC-T.”

In suspending Nyandoro, the MDC-T said: “The committee noted that the issue of corruption in local authorities has become a thorn in the flesh for the MDC-T.” The MDC-T’s Nelson Chamisa was unfortunately unavailable for comment. SW Radio Africa

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