Chombo embraces MDC

Local Government, Rural and Urban Development Minister Ignatius Chombo, has claimed that there is no bad blood between him and elected MDC councillors.


He also revealed that he recently fired five Chitungwiza councillors who have been accused of corruptly dealing in housing plots. He was speaking on the sidelines of a public debate entitled, ‘Devolution: the answer to marginalistion,’ at a local hotel in the capital on Thursday.

The minister, who has been under fire from the MDC formations for his alleged partisan application of law, said he loved them as his subordinates.

“I really love my councillors. They are under me and we are all working for the betterment of Zimbabwe,” said Chombo.

The minister, however, said he would not hesitate to dismiss those found on the wrong side of the law.

“When the councillors violate the law, I will definitely fire them. In fact I have fired five Chitungwiza councillors. Some of these councilors are very corrupt and when I dismiss or suspend them, they say I am only firing MDC councillors. I would be doing the right thing.”

The MDC-T has repeatedly blamed Chombo for problems in the municipalities that they say are a result of his continued victimisation of councillors. However, in apparent admission that the councilors may also be responsible, the party has launched investigations into the alleged corrupt practices of its members.

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