MDC fires corrupt councilors

The MDC led by Morgan Tsvangirai has booted out 12 corrupt councilors and 13 other councilors will be summoned and cautioned.


Addressing a press conference in Harare Deputy Secretary General Tapiwa Mashakada said MDC did a service delivery audit of local authorities controlled by the MDC namely Harare, Bulawayo, Gweru, Mutare, Chinhoyi, Marondera, Bindura, Kwekwe, Zvishavane and Gokwe.

"We have found out that 12 of our councilors face immediate expulsion from the party because of practices and conduct which is below the bar so we will be announcing the names once we have informed the councilors.

"The counselors are in Harare, some are in Gweru, some are in Zvishavane, Bindura and Kwekwe," he said.

Mashakada said 13 councilors are going to be warned and cautioned.

"About 13 councilors will be summoned to the party for warning and cautioning again for conduct that is likely to be prejudicial in future if not checked in its infancy," he said.

He said the move shows that MDC "will never sweep corruption under the carpet. We have acted before on the case of Chitungwiza. We have to be accountable and transparent and conduct ourselves in public office in a manner that does not deride the expectation of the people."

Mashakada assured residents that MDC does not condone corruption and "where we have evidence that there is corruption we will deal with that ruthlessly."

However Mashakada said there are some MDC councils that have done exceptionally well.

"We have to celebrate other MDC council that have performed extremely well for example city of Bulawayo, it imaged in the report as one of our councils which has executed and discharged its responsibilities in a manner that has been well received by residents. Gokwe rural district council has also performed well. Chinhoyi also did well."

The Secretary General of the party Tendai Biti said: "The context of this report is to simply underline the fact that there are no hidden cardboards sacred cows in our party and we are prepared to take decisive action against nay omission and commissions.

"We are also prepared to celebrate excellence where it exists."

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