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BY JAMES MUONWA
Zvimba South constituency MP, Philip Chiyangwa has reportedly waded
into the Zvimba Rural District Council land sale saga, which has seen
former chief executive officer, Peter Hlohla resigning in a huff
Hlohla was facing dismissal over a litany of allegations, including
unprocedural sale of land. He quit on the eve of a scheduled
disciplinary hearing.
According to reliable sources, which attended a recent meeting held at
Chiyangwa's offices in Harare attended by at least nine councillors,
the maverick businessman-cum-legislator sternly warned councillors
against defying government directives issued through the Local
Government ministry.
Zvimba RDC councillors are sharply divided over how to deal with
issues that arose from an investigation report compiled by the
ministry, which unearthed serious financial impropriety, irregular
land sales, procedural procurement deals, corruption and staff
victimisation levelled against ousted Hlohla and other senior
staffers.
Chiyangwa reportedly warned councillors to stop fighting Local
Government ministry officials, accusing some councillors for siding
with council chairperson, Tsitsi Kaja, who is suspected to be a proxy
of the former chief executive.
Kaja is accused of being sympathetic to the former Zvimba RDC boss and
attempting to block his dismissal.
Efforts to get comment from Kaja hit a brick wall as her mobile phone
was unreachable.
A councillor, speaking on condition of anonymity, lamented that a lot
of outside interference was affecting council business, claiming
parties outside council were exerting undue pressure on councillors
for their own economic and political expediency.
"The threats being thrown at us as councillors are meant to silence us
so that those with personal interests have their way. This is coming
from the ministry top officials themselves, but we won't allow the
threats to stop us from executing our mandate," he said
Chiyangwa also reportedly warned Banket Town Board chairperson,
Richard Muganhiri and his proxies to desist from stalling development
in Banket by trying to push for the ouster of Shelter Chapata, Banket
Town Board administrator
Sources further stated that Chiyangwa accused councillors of inciting
the electorate to push for a vote of no confidence against him, whilst
Zieman Mugwagwa (Ward 34) was fingered for positioning himself to be
the next MP, an accusation he denied.
Some councillors accused the MP of trying to usurp councillors' powers
and attempting to influence the ouster of the council chairperson.
"We know these are mere threats from those who think are more powerful
but they should remember we were also voted in our offices," said one
of the councillors, who also requested anonymity for fear of
victimisation.
Efforts to get comment from Chiyangwa were fruitless at the time of
going to print.
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