A MAJOR showdown looms between Chitungwiza residents and the MDC-T over the appointment of Ward 2 councillor-elect Phillip Mutodi as the town’s deputy mayor.
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The residents have disapproved of the appointment, claiming he did not have the requisite qualifications for the post.
MDC-T spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora told NewsDay the party settled for Mutodi last week following a rigorous selection process.
“Chitungwiza has appointed Phillip Mutodi who is councillor for Ward 2 as the deputy mayor,” Mwonzora said.
He added that towns and cities controlled by the MDC-T party would know their new mayors this week.
“The party will shortly announce the names of the mayors of all the cities under its control. I think this should happen early this week,” he said.
However, in a statement, Chitungwiza Residents Trust (CRT) said: “The MDC-T after its caucus meeting and interviews at Harvest House in Harare, has appointed Phillip Mutodi (councillor-elect for Ward 2) as the deputy mayor-designate for Chitungwiza Municipality: A man of no known educational, academic or professional credentials or competencies beyond street vending.
“We hope they will be more serious with our future as a town when they sit down to choose the city’s mayor. So far the future looks bleak, we must say.”