MDC-T councillors eject Zanu PF appointee
A Zanu PF Harare councillor, Charles Nyachowe, caused a stir in council chambers on Tuesday when he stood up and verbally attacked Mayor Muchadeyi Masunda.Nyachowe was later forced out of the full council meeting by angry colleagues.He is one of the 11 councillors chosen by Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo to serve as special interest councillors in the MDC-T-dominated council.
Nyachowe, an ex-convict, interrupted business and launched a scathing attack on the mayor accusing him of blackmailing his party, Zanu PF.
“You have abused us several times with your opinion saying this political party or that political party and I want to warn you it won’t work,” fumed Nyachowe.His sentiments, however, roused anger in the chamber with MDC-T councillors saying they took the threat against the mayor seriously and demanded that Nyachowe retract his statement.
“Your worship, he must not threaten you,” the councillors shouted in the uproar. “It’s either he apologises or we adjourn the meeting.
“We extended an olive branch to these (Zanu PF) councillors,” Councillor Thomas Muzuva said. “This is the only city in the country working with them (special councillors), but we will not take this one lightly. We are the ruling party in this country.”
Nyachowe refused to apologise and chose to leave the chamber: “I think it is better to go out. I opt out.”Masunda said it was time all councillors worked together for the good of the city.
“We have a duty to the people and if someone is democratically elected and someone is appointed by Chombo, the assumption is that that person will make a commitment to operations of this council.
People should come to meetings not to make up numbers or abuse positions for their personal gain,” he said.Chombo has defended his controversial appointment of special interest councillors saying the new crop of councillors lacked expertise hence the need for people like Nyachowe to complement their efforts.
Ironically, Nyachowe has a criminal record, having been convicted of fraud in 1995.