Booted mayor banks on Chombo

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GWANDA— OUSTED Victoria Falls Mayor, Nkosilathi Jiyane, is now banking on Local Government, Public Works and Urban Development Minister, Ignatius Chombo, to save his job after the municipality passed a vote of no confidence in his leadership.
His deputy, Patricia Mwale, was not spared as councillors in the resort town have adopted a no-nonsense attitude towards “non performance”.
Local government deputy minister, Sessel Zvidzai said Jiyane’s matter would be determined by Chombo after he has received a full report on the councillors’ move. In the meantime, he will stay in office.
Jiyane is accused of failing to run the council’s affairs. He is also accused of being Chombo’s blue-eyed boy and “over-consults the minister” on issues related to the town’s administration.
Sources in Jiyane’s party, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T), said he had now become a regular visitor to Chombo’s office. It is alleged, he would seek Chombo’s guidance on how to tackle the problems facing his council sidelining his party’s leadership, especially the secretary for local government in the MDC-T.
“The reason why there is a secretary for local government in the party is purely that he can be consulted on matters affecting councils. The party is in charge in Victoria Falls, why consult Chombo who is known to be Zanu PF? Why did he not consult the party first and then the minister later if he felt there was no help at party level?” said one source.
Jiyane has, however, refuted all claims made against him.
He said he would only comment once the minister has resolved the matter.
Zvidzai said Chombo was empowered by the Urban Councils Act to remove a mayor if there was overwhelming evidence to warrant such action.
He however said discretion could be exercised after getting a full report from the council.
“According to the (Urban Councils) Act, the minister may remove a mayor from the office after getting a full report from the concerned councillors on the reasons they would have used to pass the vote-of-no-confidence,” said Zvidzai.
“At the moment, we know the councillors passed a vote-of-no-confidence on the mayor.Once the report is tabled with the ministry a decision can be made,” said Zvidzai.