War over imposition of Mayor

Serious divisions have emerged in MDC-T Manicaland province after some elected councillors refused to accept the appointment of Brain James as mayor.

Party President Morgan Tsvangirai appointed James in a meeting attended by the 13 elected councillors in Harare a fortnight ago.

Thomas Nyamupanedengu, Ward 1 councillor in Sakubva high density suburb, was named deputy and all the councillors agreed on that.

Some councillors believed to be aligned to Tendai Biti, the party’s Secretary General, are said to be against Tsvangirai’s choice of James as the mayor, arguing that he lost the election as a councillor in Ward 12.

The councillors added that James was fired by Ignatius Chombo, the outgoing Minister of Local Government.

“It is not a secret that Zanu (PF) does not want whites in positions of leadership. It will be very difficult for him (James) to work without facing problems from Zanu (PF). Taking into consideration the way he was fired from council during his tenure, it is likely that he will face the same predicament,” said a councillor who requested anonymity.

“We are the elected councillors and we should be given the chance to choose a person we want to be our mayor. Tsvangirai has made a mistake imposing James on us.”

The anti-James councillors said they would vote for a mayor of their choice.

Some of the possibles include Pishai Muchauraya (former Mutare South legislator), Shuar Mudiwa (former Mutare West), Julias Magarangoma who lost in Buhera North, former acting mayor George Jerrison and Patrick Matsanga.

In an interview Jerrison said he was not interested in the post.

“Tsvangirai has made a decision. I cannot go against what the party has decided. I encourage those councillors against the idea to be united. Let them respect what the party has said.”

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