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MDC-T probes ‘corrupt’ councillors


MDC-T’s national executive council has resolved to probe and flush out all its councillors suspected to be involved in corrupt activities.

This follows complaints that a number of MDC-T councillors turned rich “overnight” after they came into office in 2008.

MDC-T secretary-general Tendai Biti said the party was concerned about “the corruption, lack of delivery and chaos resulting from ministerial interference in some of these councils and local authorities”.

Biti said the national council meeting at the weekend resolved to set up a committee to probe the councillors who have turned into “money-makers” instead of serving residents.

The MDC-T has 786 councillors countrywide, with the highest concentration in urban centres.

“The party resolves that it will set up committees to investigate and audit each of the councillors and set up councils that will consider issues of good governance, accountability and policy consistence,” Biti said.

“The national council proscribes and bars any guilty councillor from holding any office in the party.”

The MDC-T said it feared the behaviour by the councillors might cost it votes come election time, hence the bold step.

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai recently said the party would not entertain corrupt councillors within its rank and file, arguing such acts would alienate the party from the masses.

The Harare Residents’ Trust and Combined Harare Residents’ Association are on record calling for an investigation into the lifestyles of councillors that have changed overnight.

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