A three-member committee set up by the MDC-T to investigate allegations of corruption against its councillors in Kwekwe has completed its probe.
Chaired by the party national executive committee member Victor Mapungwana, the committee spent three days in Kwekwe where it met councillors, residents and its district representatives to get updates about the operations at the local authority.
In Mbizo where the committee held private hearings, the situation was tense with the MDC-T district members led by chairperson Simon Machisvo leading evidence against embattled councillor Johannes Ngozo as they demanded his suspension from council.
Machisvo’s leadership has since distanced itself from Ngozo who they have fired from the party although their decision is yet to be endorsed by the MDC-T national executive council.
Ngozo stands accused of swindling desperate home seekers of over $10 000 in a botched land deal, some of them party members.
However, despite the allegations, Ngozo continues to serve as councillor.
Party secretary for local government Sesel Zvidzia yesterday told NewsDay the committee was appointed in line with resolution 18 of the MDC-T national executive council to investigate the graft allegations.
“The committee will investigate these allegations and the results will be very rapid and effective and will be made public once concluded,” said Zvidzai.
Mapungwana refused to discuss their findings saying he had to report to Zvidzai before talking to the Press.
MDC-T-led councils have come under criticism for alleged rampant corruption which in some cases has resulted in councillors being suspended or fired by Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo.