MDC-T probes councils

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The MDC-T has resolved to deploy teams to investigate councils under its control countrywide following widespread reports of corruption.

The resolution was made at a meeting of the national executive council in Harare yesterday, which also welcomed the arrest of MPs accused of abusing allocations from the Constituency Development Fund (CDF).

Several councillors have been charged with corruption and abuse of office with revelations of massive graft in Chitungwiza inviting extensive government investigations.

(The) national executive resolved to assign teams to do evaluations and performance audits for all rural and urban councils in the country, MDC-T spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora told journalists after the meeting.

The aim is to apprise the party with the performance of all the councils.

These committees will commence their work in the next few days and their work will be made public.
Local Government, Urban and Rural Development minister Ignatius Chombo recently suspended Mutares MDC-T mayor Brian James on corruption charges.

The minister has also dismissed councillors in Harare and Chitungwiza on similar charges.
But the MDC-T has accused Chombo of embarking on a crusade to disrupt operations of councils under its control.

The Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai-led party also welcomed the Anti-Corruption Commissions crusade against MPs who allegedly abused the $50 000 they were allocated under the CDF.

The executive committee said it was happy with the way its MPs had handled the funds.

However, all those MPs who have abused the fund must be brought to book irrespective of their political persuasion, Mwonzora said.

To that end the MDC will support efforts of the Anti-Corruption Commission and urges that it retains its professionalism and non-partisanship in the discharge of its work.

Three MDC-T MPs and one from Zanu PF have been arrested so far over the scandal.