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Chitungwiza councillors in war of words


Chitungwiza city fathers are at each other’s throat over the missing minutes of a meeting where councillors resolved to suspend Chitungwiza town clerk Godfrey Tanyanyiwa.

A full council meeting was aborted on Tuesday after a verbal altercation between councillors who accused each other of unprofessionalism erupted.

Chitungwiza mayor Philemon Chipiyo was not forthcoming when asked about the chaos, referring questions to chamber secretary Omega Mugumbate, who was not immediately available.

“There was a meeting, but you have to talk to our chamber secretary to find out what really took place,” he said.

But councillors who attended the meeting said it was aborted after tempers flared over the December 28 meeting.

Councillor Jacob Rukweza reportedly accused some of his colleagues of lying to residents that the meeting was not held.

Rukweza made the accusations in reference to councillors Wendy Chiriri, Goodwill Mafuratidze and Clara Makwara who were quoted saying they were not aware of Tanyanyiwa’s suspension.

This reportedly did not go down well with the three councillors who verbally attacked Rukweza forcing a premature end to the meeting.

Efforts to get comments from the three were unsuccessful. But Rukweza confirmed there was heated debate in the chambers. He claimed a Zanu PF councillor, threatened him with unspecified action.

“I was threatened by one of the councillors who even waited for me outside the gate and when I drove out, he followed me and I had to seek sanctuary in my ward knowing that there was nothing he could do,” Rukweza said.

Read part of the minutes that led to an altercation:

“The chamber secretary briefed the committee on another urgent issue concerning the special meeting held on December 28, 2011.

“She said minutes of the meeting are reported to have gone missing and the investigating team wanted to be furnished with those minutes.”

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