As the confusion in the Chitungwiza City Council takes the limelight, councillors in the sprawling town have resolved to confiscate vehicles allocated to the Mayor, Philemon Chipiyo and his Deputy Rangarirai Mutingwende.
The resolution was made during last week’s full council meeting, where the divided council took the decision to act on the directive by the Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo to dispossess the deputy mayor of his vehicle deemed by the minister unnecessary.
Councillors opposed to Chombo’s directive, however ,moved to extend the action to mayor Chipiyo.
Sources in the municipality said during the heated debate, the mayor and the deputy were asked to go out as they were interested parties.
Chipiyo yesterday told NewsDay from Victoria Falls where he is attending a meeting that some councillors wanted his car withdrawn arguing saying he was not entitled to one.
The deputy mayor was not immediately available for comment but sources said he had been forced to park his vehicle.
“I am in Victoria Falls right now attending a meeting. You can call the town clerk. I confirm there was a move to take my car, but I still have it because all the mayors around the country have vehicles,” he said.
“I recused myself from the meeting because I was an interested party and the town clerk (Godfrey Tanyanyiwa) chaired that meeting so he is the right person to comment on that,” said Chipiyo.
Tanyanyiwa’s phone was not reachable yesterday.
Chitungwiza councillors do not report to any political party after the whole council, formerly MDC-T dominated, was fired from the former opposition party.
Recently, Chipiyo and Mutingwende were reportedly in a near fist-fight after the mayor allegedly rescinded a council resolution to buy him a vehicle arguing his office did not entitle him to one.