CHINHOYI — The extraordinary full council meeting in Chinhoyi on Thursday turned into a circus following unruly conduct by the town fathers.
Trouble started when the council opened debate on the tabled finance and human resources committee report that had, among other sticking points, made recommendations to hire an internal auditor.
The internal auditor had come third during interviews, much to the chagrin of some councillors.
Acting mayor Busani Dube-Marumahoko, who was chairing, had a torrid time trying to bring the house to order following repeated interjections from councillors Tendai Musonza, Simeon Gotami and Nicholas Mutsunge.
The councillors’ behaviour elicited the ire of acting town clerk Webster Tembo, who stood up and reprimanded them, reminding them the chamber was an “august House” that they needed to respect.
“This is the Parliament of Chinhoyi. There is no other better place to discuss issues affecting residents who elected you. If we triviliase what we are discussing here, then who would take us seriously?
“Let us respect each other and be mature,” charged Tembo, who had to intervene again after Musonza repeatedly referred to him and other councillors as old men.
“There are no old men here. In this house we address each other as honourable or by titles such as chairperson and not mudhara (old man),” said Tembo.
Normalcy returned after Chipo Mhlotshwa pleaded for protection against unruly councillors, forcing the acting mayor to threaten ejection of errant councillors.