Parly whips DA into line

The Parliamentarian Portfolio Committee on Agriculture has ordered Marondera District Administrator, James Chiwaru, to reverse his illegal instruction that MDC-T Councillor Ward 19 Marondera East Rural, Samuel Machekanyanga, be excluded from championing developmental issues in the area. The committee, headed by MDC-T MPChikomba Central, Moses Jiri, instructed the DA to let Machekanyanga carry out his role as elected councillor without any restrictions.

Last week The Zimbabwean visited the DA’s offices and bumped into Machekanyanga quizzing Chiwaru about whether he would respect the parliamentary directive.

Seated in his official pick-up truck at the parking bay, Chiwaru said: “I strongly feel there is need to discipline you Machekanyanga since you continued to be insubordinate to my office as DA. On a number of occasions you have soiled my image through the media.”

Machekanyanga said the DA had no power to discipline an elected council policy maker, who was simply doing his official business in a transparent and non-partisan manner.

Recently, Chief Zenda Svosve told traditional leaders at Dhirihori Business Centre that he was under instruction from the DA’s office to bar Machekanyanga from carrying out any community development projects in the area as this would give MDC political mileage.

This prompted Machekanyanga to drag Chiwaru before the relevant Parliamentary Portfolio Committee. The issue was also reported to JOMIC which is expected to convene a case hearing anytime soon.

The Zimbabwean has yet to establish whether the DA had advised the traditional leaders about the directive, as Chief Svosve was attending a Chiefs Conference in Bulawayo.

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