MDC-T leader Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on Sunday warned crooked party councillors he would not hesitate to fire those with corrupt tendencies.
Tsvangirai said MDC-T would not tolerate corruption from councillors, shortchanging those who voted them into office.
“If councillors behave in a corrupt manner undermining the credibility of the party, we are not together.If they fail the people, they fail the party,” the Premier said.
“We don’t want to be associated with corrupt people. You can’t claim to represent the MDC when you are corrupt.”
Tsvangirai said the local authorities should work to achieve service delivery. Ironically, Tsvangirai was speaking at Chibuku Stadium, Chitungwiza, where all MDC-T councillors were fired after party investigations reportedly unearthed massive graft within the council.
However, despite their dismissals by MDC-T, Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo vetoed the decision and the councillors are still running the affairs of the city to date.
Tsvangirai’s sentiments followed reports of poor service delivery by local authorities around the country councillors blamed on Chombo’s interference.
Chombo has been accused of leading a crusade to cleanse local authorities of MDC-T councillors under the guise of fighting corruption in the former ruling party-dominated councils.