MDC-T has given Victoria Falls mayor a second chance to put his house in order and work with councillors in delivering better service to the resort town’s residents and ratepayers.
Mayor Nkosilathi Jiyane was facing expulsion from his post after the party accused him of failing to provide leadership to the town council.
Jiyane was also at one time accused of being Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo’s blue-eyed boy.
In an interview, MDC-T secretary for local government, who is also the Local Government deputy minister Sesel Zvidzai said Jiyane has been pardoned and has been afforded another opportunity to sort things out.
Zvidzai said the decision was reached after a special investigative committee set up to probe Jiyane tabled its report to the MDC-T leadership.
“We presented our report to our principals where we made our recommendations. This is the report that has seen the party reach a position on Councillor Jiyane.
“As a committee, we have recommended that Jiyane be given a second chance that will enable him to see to it that what he failed to do is done in the correct manner,” said Zvidzai.
He highlighted that among other issues, Jiyane was tasked to ensure that his leadership was above board and to oversee proper administration.
“We realised that there were problems with the manner in which the mayor was conducting his business. Some councillors complained that the mayor was not working well with them and that divisions had seen the town losing out.
“We have since instructed him (Jiyane) to ensure that he mends relations with other councillors so that all the councillors work together in achieving set targets for the town council,” Zvidzai said.
“The committee is agreed that on matters of service delivery, council has not been performing that badly. It is our hope that after these deliberations, we will be able to see improved service delivery in the Victoria Falls Town Council,” he said.
Zvidzai, however, said council would have to flush out corrupt elements within, arguing some of the corrupt employees were fleecing the council.
“There are some corrupt elements within the council. We expect the mayor to enforce the laws of council and ensure corruption is dealt with,” said Zvidzai.