Norton MP Temba Mliswa (Independent) has roped in Zanu PF and MDC-T in his fight with their councillors after writing letters to both parties seeking clarification about their councillors’ qualifications and wealth before being elected into office.
BY NUNURAI JENA
Mliswa had been fighting the 13 Norton councillors, whom he accuses of service delivery failure. The councillors have approached Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere seeking a “peace order”, accusing their legislator of meddling in their day-to-day operations.
In his letter to MDC-T secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora, Mliswa questioned the qualifications of some of the councillors and in particular the chairperson Precious Mufahore.
“As the capacity to execute one’s duties effectively requires a certain minimum level of understanding and knowledge, what level of education has the current NTC (Norton Town Council) chairperson attained and is this level of education commensurate with the current post held?” Mliswa wrote.
“Does the current asset base of each councillor reconcile with the respective salaries earned by each councillor and how do such assets acquired compare against the asset base of each councillor upon election to office to date?”
Mliswa accused MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai of instructing the councillors not to attend developmental meetings convened in their wards.
“I have it on good authority that the councillors have been instructed by the MDC-T presidency not to attend any of my developmental meetings convened in their respective wards or of the constituency, which is much to the detriment of the development of and service delivery in Norton,” Mliswa wrote.
Mwonzora refused to shed light on the issue.
In the similar letter to Zanu PF secretary for administration Ignatius Chombo, Mliswa called for performance appraisals for the councillors.
But of great concern to Mliswa was how a Zanu PF councillor Peter Nyamadzawo managed to land the post of deputy chairperson when MDC-T was in the majority.
MDC-T has nine councillors against Zanu PF’s four out of the 13 elected councillors.