Mutare Mayor fired

The MDC-T mayor for Mutare, Tatenda Nhamarare and three councilors have been fired from the party with immediate effect for misconduct during the council elections held in October.

Tatenda Nhamarare
Tatenda Nhamarare

Nhamarare, who is also the ward 8 councilor, had two charges.

The MDC-T national spokesperson, Douglas Mwonzora confirmed the development.

Nhamarare’s first charge was on defying a lawful order from the party, and or conduct inconsistent with the fulfillment of the express or implied terms of his membership in the party in that he accepted the nomination of Mayorship of Mutare on the 16 September 2013 against party directive.

In this case, the party had Thomas Nyamupanedengu as the mayoral candidate and Kudakwashe Chisango as the deputy mayor.

In the election, Nhamarare was voted as the Mayor while Zanu (PF’s) Collin Mukwada was elected as Deputy Mayor.

Nhamarare was accused of colluding and conspiring with certain Zanu (PF) councilors to defy party directive to elect Thomas Nyamupanedengu as Mayor and Kudakwashe Chisango as Deputy Mayor.”

The second charge for Nhamarare was laid as follows: “In your capacity as “Mayor” you caused an advert to be placed in the local press in which you congratulated Robert Mugabe for “resoundingly winning the harmonized election” against clear evidence and party position that the July 31 election was rigged and stolen.”

The other three councilors fired are Pamela Mutari (Ward 2 – Sakubva ), Richard Mupfura (ward 16 – Hobhouse) and Farai Bhiza (Ward 11 – Pulmerstone).

They were accused of colluding and conspiring with certain Zanu (PF) councilors to defy the party directive to elect Thomas Nyamupanedengu as Mayor and Kudakwashe Chisango as Deputy Mayor.”

By firing the councilors Mwonzora said the MDC-T party felt that the conduct was inconsistent with the fulfillment of the express or implied terms of their membership in the party, bringing the party into disrepute, disobeying a lawful order and breaching the party constitution.

“The MDC found these councillors guilty of subverting the will of the electorate in general and blatantly disobeying the party’s directives,” said Mwonzora.

Contacted for a comment Nhamarare said: “I have not yet received the official document of me being fired from the party. This is not the best time for me to comment on that issue and I will comment when the right time comes.”

MDC-T is now expected to write to Zimbabwe Election Commission to cause a by-election in wards 2, 8, 11 and 16.

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