GWERU — The MDC-T has suspended Gweru mayor Hamutendi Kombayi and four other councillors for defying a party directive to elect its preferred candidate for the mayoral post.
MDC-T Midlands South provincial spokesperson James Tsuro confirmed the suspension of the five councillors, saying they had received their suspension letters from the national executive pending a disciplinary hearing set for next Monday. The other suspended councillors include deputy mayor Artwell Matyorauta, Tawanda Magidi (Ward 16), Farai Muza (Ward 17) and Moses Marecha (Ward 5).
Tsuro said most of the councillors received their suspension letters on Monday as they were away for an induction from October 4-7.
“It’s true, the mayor and four other councillors have been served with suspension letters and they will appear before a disciplinary committee next Monday,” Tsuro said.
The provincial executive had recommended the firing of 10 councillors after they defied the party directive to elect Ward 10 councillor and Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions Central Region paralegal officer Charles Chikozho as mayor.
Kombayi said he had not yet seen the suspension letter when reached for comment.
“It’s news to me. I was away for an induction. I am yet to see the suspension letter,” Kombayi said.