All the fired workers belong to the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.
“The political situation here has reached boiling point as MDC-T followers believe the dismissal of the workers was influenced by intra party politics,” said a council management official.
“Dismissed workers were all from an MDC-T faction believed to have beaten up their intra-party rivals at Two Boy Shopping Centre last month. MDC-T councillors are divided and city fathers who were bashed at the violent meeting were settling scores through targeted dismissals from council employment. The development is good news for us as Zanu (PF),” he said.
Marondera Mayor, Farai Nyandoro, said he was investigating the issue.
“Whatever decision we take as policy makers should be in the best interest of workers and the rate-payer”, he said.
Angry residents said there was need to restore sanity at the town house.
“We are agreed that council was over-staffed and struggled to pay its workers, but employees should not be laid off as a way of settling political scores,” said Lovemore Ngorima of Yellow City.
“How could a serious political party expecting to run the country shoot itself in the foot through such suicidal dismissals?”
“Tsvangirai should be serious. We are concerned with the way the party continues to play its ball into Zanu (PF)’s hands”, said another resident.Post published in: News