Chombo, Gwanda wrangle rages on


LOCAL Government, Rural and Urban Development minister Ignatius Chombo was yesterday evasive on the course of action he will take against Gwanda Town Council for defying his one-week ultimatum on the appointment of a chamber secretary.

Report by Richard Muponde

Chombo ordered the council to appoint Priscilla Nkala, an alleged Zanu PF sympathiser, as chamber secretary.

Over a fortnight ago, Chombo threatened to fire Gwanda acting mayor Sithokozile Sibanda if the council did not appoint Nkala by Easter.

However, the local authority defied Chombo’s ultimatum on the grounds that the case was still before the courts.

Contacted for comment yesterday, Chombo could not commit himself on the matter.

“I have no details about the issue as I am not at home. Phone the permanent secretary (Killian Mpingo). What he will say will be the answer. I will only be at home on Monday.”

However, efforts to get a comment from Mpingo were fruitless yesterday as he was said to be out of office and was not reachable on his mobile phone.

Last week, Gwanda acting mayor Sibanda said there was nothing the council could do about Nkala’s appointment as the matter was before the courts.

“This matter is still in the courts,” she said. “We do not talk about it in our council meetings because there is nothing to talk about. As council there is nothing we can do about the appointment. We are waiting for the judgment from the courts. What do you want me to do? I can’t overrule the courts.”

Nkala was due to be appointed before February 21, but the local authority blocked her appointment despite Chombo’s directive.

Gwanda municipality and Chombo have been at each other’s throats for the past year over the appointment of Nkala, leading to the suspension of the town’s mayor, Lionel De Necker.

De Necker has challenged his suspension and the matter is still pending at the High Court.


  1. Mntaka Nkala dinga omunye umsebenzi usebenzele imuli yakho. Yekela lapho ungaze uwuzuze lowo msebenza we Gwanda Town Council uzasebenza utshaywa likhanda insuku zonke uze ube le BP.

  2. chombo haisi imbwa,imbavha saka achida kuisa vekuba navo pazvinzvimbo.blood dictator.manje vanhu vegwanda rambai kuisirwa secretary we zanu uyu.arikuuya kuzosvora nekutumira mashoko kuzanu.angangopinda chete vakawanda vanosiiswa mabasa nemutengesi iyeyu.

  3. Mr chombo please leave our Mat South capital alone, we don,t like it when you poke your stinking noise into our affairs,all those on the helm there got the mandate from us,when we feel they must be changed we will do that by vote,tu siyakucela ngoba uzosicasula please.

  4. Chombo is very corrupt ,his cronies have looted Chegutu dry .welldone Gwanda for standing up to the bully

  5. Appointment to senior positions is based on merit ie relevant qualifications and experience and not political affiliation. Statutes governing local authorities dont prescribe minimum qualifications for one to be a councillor. The local govt board is authorised to perform the task of interviewing and selecting the best candidate. Political affiliation is not considered. Ppe must accept that we are all Zimbabweans and not political animals/dogs,imbwa. Peace begins with me,peace begins with you and peace begins with all of us. Handisi imbwa, iwe husi imbwa. Pamberi nekuchinja maitiro nemafungiro. Icho!

  6. chombo imbavha,ari kuda kupinza hure rake pabasa kuti vabe vese sezvaakaita kuChitungwiza nekuChegutu.

  7. Gandaga ukhuluma into ongayaziyo wena, maybe you and chombo you share Nkala, it is so embarrassing that the Dishonourable Minister involves himself in such a wrangle, shame on you Minister, Ithink you need to look for a better Ministerial position where you will have youe way, that is Gwanda Minister, thina asivumi izinto zobunja Egwanda

Comments are closed.