Rebel" MDC-T councillors face expulsion

The MDC-T Manicaland provincial leadership has called for the expulsion of four of its councillors believed to have voted a Zanu (PF) candidate in recent mayoral elections.

The quartet is being accused of having connived to give their votes to a Zanu (PF) councillor in the contest for the position of Deputy Mayor late last week.

The four councillors are Tatenda Nhamarare (Ward 8), Richard Mupfura (Ward 16), Pamela Mutare (Ward 2) and Farai Biza (Ward 11).

At the mayoral elections held on Monday, Nhamarare (35) of MDC-T won the mayor’s post while Zanu (PF’s) Collin Mkwada landed the Deputy Mayor’s post, garnering 10 votes against MDC-T’s Kudakwashe Chisango’s nine.

The MDC-T Provincial Chairman, Julius Magarangoma, reportedly convened a meeting at the party offices yesterday, accusing Nhamarare’s camp of joining with Zanu (PF’s) six councillors to hand Mkwada victory.

“The four MDC-T councillors went into an unholy alliance with Zanu (PF) councillors and they agreed that they would vote for Nhamarare as mayor and then Mkwada as Deputy Mayor,” said Magarangoma.

“This is a very serious issue. As an executive we have resolved that the four councillors be expelled from the party. We will send this recommendation to the national executive that will act on the matter,” he said.

The MDC-T Manicaland spokesperson, Pishai Muchauraya said: “As the provincial executive, the four exhibited serious betrayal on the side of voters and the party as a whole. We cannot allow such things to happen.”

Contacted for a comment Nhamarare said: “I do not comment on things that are on factional lines. This was a meeting called by a faction.”

The national MDC-T spokesperson, Douglas Mwonzora, however, said he was not aware of the meeting held in Mutare and added that the MDC-T would investigate the matter.

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