Fired councillors fooled Tsvangirai: Tsuro

The 10 MDC-T councillors from Gweru who were recently expelled fooled party leader Morgan Tsvangirai by pretending that they would select a mayoral candidate as directed, says a senior party member.

The Midlands South MDC-T executive recently resolved to fire 10 of its 16 councillors, among them Mayor Hamutendi Kombayi and his Deputy Artwell Matyorauta, for rebelling against the party leadership.

The councillors were found guilty by an internal probe team of conspiring to vote against the selected candidate for mayor, Charles Chikozho and the deputy, Kenneth Sithole – who scored the highest marks in prior selections.

Though the voting was by secret ballot, before going to the council chamber they had boycotted meetings called by their wards and the district in order to reinforce the party position on the mayoral candidate.

In an exclusive interview with The Zimbabwean this week, the party’s acting Organising Secretary, Jameson Tsuro, said all the fired councillors had a face-to-face meeting interaction with Tsvangirai, who explained how the candidates had been chosen. They all gave false assurances of their support.

Tsuro strongly disagreed that the expulsions, which will result in by-elections according to the new constitution, would give Zanu (PF) an advantage to regroup and win the majority of seats in the council.

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