Zanu PF thugs forcefully evict Mutare Mayor

February 1, 2012 at 12:51 pm Leave a comment

Nehanda Radio

MUTARE- The Mayor of Mutare Brian James was forcefully ejected from his
office by municipal police and a number of Zanu PF youths.

This followed his purpotted suspension on Friday by Ignatius Chombo,
Minister of Local Government and Urban Development for alleged misconduct.

James who is also the councillor for Ward 12 in the city received the
suspension letter dated 19 January on Friday 27 January 2012.

In his letter, referenced “Suspension of Clr Brian James from being
councillor (Ward 12) Mutare City” Chombo wrote:

“Having cautioned you in a letter of Remedial Intervention, dated 3 March
2010 and referenced X/21/36, reports of misconduct continue to come to my
office implying that you are unrepentant.

“This leaves me with no option other than to invoke Section 114 of the Urban
Councils Act {Chapter 29:15}, to suspend you from being a Councillor (Ward
12) for Mutare City, with immediate effect.

“During this period of suspension, you shall not conduct any council
business, for and on behalf of council, within or outside council premises
and you shall not be eligible to receive any form of remuneration.

“Please note that this suspension is in the interest of ensuring sound local
governance for effective service delivery in Mutare City.”

The MDC-T meanwhile says the suspension was based on hear-say and not facts
as the letter does not explain explicitly the kind of misconduct Clr James
committed. “Neither does it mention the names of the people who supplied him
with the said reports, making the letter void in many respects.”

The MDC-T condemned “the continued persecution of its members and officials”
and said “Chombo is the lead culprit in gross mismanagement, corruption and
fraud. He has failed to come out clean on the massive properties he has
acquired during his tenure as Minister of Local Government.”

Among the property owned by Chombo are 20 stands in the upmarket Crow Hill
area in Borrowdale, 10 in Glen Lorne, four in Victoria Falls, four in
Chitungwiza and another four in Beitbridge.

As if this is not enough, Chombo has four commercial stands in Kariba, four
in Banket, four in Norton and three in Bulawayo. The list also included more
than 15 top-of-the range vehicles, most likely purchased from proceeds of
his illegal property deals.

Meanwhile, analysts say Chombo has shown how confused he is after he
appointed a committee to investigate Chitungwiza Municipality for
corruption. This follows reports of rampant corruption and misuse of
resources in the town.

The accusations against Chombo resulted from his earlier resistance to have
corrupt councillors fired.

“Maybe at that time Chombo feared that if the councillors were fired, they
would spill the beans on the minister’s interference and involvement in the
running of Zimbabwe’s third largest urban settlement.”

“Remember, Chombo himself owns properties in Chitungwiza and who knows,
perhaps these were fraudulently acquired,” a source said. – Nehanda Radio

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