By Nancy Samuriwo, HourlyHits Reporter
THE opposition MDC-T led by Douglas Mwonzora continues to wield the axe on elected officials perceived to be loyal to his rival MDC Alliance president Nelson Chamisa.
The latest victim is Kwekwe Mayor Angeline Kasipo, who Mwonzora has recalled together with her newly elected deputy Melody Chingarande. Another councillor, Washington Moyo, has also been recalled.
The development leaves Kwekwe City with 10 out of its initial 14 Councillors, following the death last week of Kasipo’s deputy Shadreck Tobaiwa.
Kasipo confirmed that she had been booted out but indicated that she was yet to officially receive the letter of recall.
“I’ve been informed by a very reliable source that myself and two other councillors have been recalled from council. I’m firm in my support of our president Advocate Nelson Chamisa, our party and our party ideology. I went to council as a party deployee and if I’m recalled because of that then so be it.
“I really enjoyed my work as the Mayor of KweKwe City, I learnt a lot about how the local government sector in Zimbabwe work. I want to take this opportunity to thank all those I interacted with in the course of my work and I wish all of you success. Let’s all stay safe,” Kasipo said.
Washington Moyo said he has heard about his recall but, just like Kasipo, was yet to be served with the letter which is already circulating on social media.
“I have heard about my recall, though I am yet to receive an official letter. We are expecting to receive the letters early next week,” Moyo said.
The recalls have been triggered by the election of Chingarande earlier in the week. Chingarande was elected by seven MDC Alliance councillors and a Zanu-PF councillor to replace former deputy mayor Shadreck Tobaiwa who died two weeks ago.
MDC Alliance Midlands Provincial spokesperson Takavafira Zhou said the party is yet to get official communication on the recalls.
“We have not received concrete reports on this. What we however know is that Mwonzora’s party was confident of getting the post but failed to do so because of our popularity in council. Mwonzora is certainly angry and under a boot of anger can do anything.
“We however want to inform him to realise that grassroots support is crucial in building a political party. We remain as of old impregnable and the people’s court is the most respected court in politics,” Zhou said.
Five councillors belonging to Mwonzora walked out of Chingarande’s election Tuesday and vowed to fight the election.
The latest action by Mwonzora comes hardly 24 hours after he also recalled four elected ward Councillors in Chiredzi.
Both the recalls have been confirmed by Local Government Minister July Moyo, who wrote to advise the Kwekwe City Council that the seats affected were now declared as vacant. □
- Additional reporting by New Zimbabwe