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Suspended Gwanda mayor Lionel De Necker has stirred a hornet’s nest after he condemned the Urban Councils’ Association of Zimbabwe (UCAZ) as being an extension of the Local Government, Rural and Urban Development minister Ignatius Chombo’s office.

De Necker told NewsDay yesterday that the UCAZ leadership was unconstitutional as elections had been deferred until the country’s next presidential elections.

Last week, at the 70th annual general meeting (AGM) held in Masvingo, the UCAZ executive was given yet another mandate to run the affairs of the association.

De Necker said the AGM held by UCAZ last week was “just procedure”, but it was disappointing that a deal to hold elections only when presidential elections would be held, had been made.

The sitting executive led by Masvingo mayor Alderman Femius Chakabuda had its term of office reportedly expiring in January. Suspended Harare councillor Warship Dumba said the UCAZ leadership was working with ministers to loot donor funds.

Contacted for comment, the first UCAZ vice-president and Bulawayo mayor Thaba Moyo said De Necker was on suspension and should concentrate on dealing with his problems.

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