Council allegedly aborts meeting

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The Zanu PF-led Umguza Rural District Council on Tuesday reportedly aborted a social services committee meeting after some of its councillors objected to the presence of MDC-T councillor for Ward 4, Mxolisi Ndlovu.

The local authority in October last year, attempted to suspend Ndlovu, who is the councillor for Ntabazinduna, but the Local Government ministry dismissed the suspension saying only Minister Ignatius Chombo, had the power to suspend councillors.

Council had accused Ndlovu of misconduct. But, on Tuesday, councillors briefly adjourned business following disagreements on whether or not to allow Ndlovu to participate at the meeting.

Ndlovu confirmed the stand-off, adding: My persecution as an MDC-T councillor and party chairman for Umguza is because Zanu PF sees me as a threat to its survival and wants to get rid of me by all means.

Ndlovu claimed his alleged victimisation came in the wake of his recent exposure of corruption during the council adjudication of tenders.

He also said he had exposed a tender award of $1,6 million which he alleged awarded to a non- existing firm for the re-grading of Litshe Road, adding no road rehabilitation had been carried out yet.

But council chief executive officer Colleen Moyo yesterday denied the allegations.