“I don’t care about those court orders. The court is not the one which suspended Zhou. It’s me alone who has the responsibility to finalise the issue,” said Chombo in an interview with The Zimbabwean in Tsholotsho last week. Zhou was arrested last year and dragged before the court on charges of defrauding the council of $310 to repair his personal Mercedes Benz vehicle in Harare. He was also alleged to have sold a council housing stand and converted the money to his personal use.
Zhou told The Zimbabwean he was delighted that the court had cleared him of any wrong doing and accused some Zanu (PF) elements in council of framing him and working with Chombo to discredit him.
“This was a clear case of political victimization. The ball is now in Chombo’s court to reinstate me because the courts have cleared me,” he said. Chombo, now infamous for firing MDC mayors and councillors countrywide, has been crossing swords with the former opposition party since Zanu (PF) began losing control of urban councils to the MDC in 2000.