Harare city councillors have ganged up against town clerk Tendai Mahachi and directors from different departments whom they accuse of working in cahoots with Zanu PF activists known for invading council properties in the city.
A war of words has erupted within Harare City Council with councillors accusing Mahachi and other directors of trying to sabotage the MDC-T-dominated council for letting council workers who were known Zanu PF supporters doing as they pleased without taking action.
Angry councillors fumed against Mahachi during last week’s full council meeting accusing him of protecting known council officials who were spearheading massive Zanu PF campaigns invading council properties for political gains.
They said they were not happy with Mahachi’s silence over the invasions and suspected he was acting in cahoots with Zanu PF activists.
The council workers alleged to be spearheading the invasions were Jim Kunaka Zanu PF provincial youth chairman and Onismor Gore a Zanu PF political commissar.
The youths have invaded, among other buildings, Carter House in Mbare and a number of council halls in different suburbs.
The invaders have taken over a car park next to Harare police station and another along Park Street.
Councillors said theparking fees were not going into council coffers hence questions on who was benefiting.
An open space in Mbare where council was mulling to erect Mupedzanhamo market was also invaded.
Mayor Muchadeyi Masunda said those who were invading council property should stop forthwith saying the police and municipal cops should make sure all illegal structures were removed.
“I understand as you heard from the Chief Legal Officer legal action is being taken to deal with all those who have invaded council property. We want to make sure they are removed,” Masunda said.
Mahachi said his office was going to investigate and work out plans to get rid of all people illegally occupying council property.
He had promised that by last weekend, the flea market at the central police station would have been removed but until yesterday, traders were going about their business.
Kunaka confirmed last week their intention to take over council properties and reclaim what “rightfully belonged to” them.
“Masunda must go and stay at Block 13 room 9 Matapi flats,” said Kunaka during last week’s demonstration at Town House.
Councillor Peter Moyo said it was unfortunate directors and Mahachi were politicians who belonged to a political party and were becoming difficult to deal with them.
Other councillors blamed Mahachi for not implementing several resolutions council made since they got into power in 2008.
Council housing committee chairperson, Charles Nyatsuro said he was worriedabout the lack of action particularly from the town clerk whom he said was not working towards implementing resolutions to eradicate all illegal market invasions.