By Mthulisi Mathuthu
GWERU Mayor Hamutendi Kombayi, and four other councillors, have been formally suspended from the MDC-T, for defying a party directive to elect its preferred candidate for the mayoral candidate, the party confirmed this week.
This development follows an SW Radio Africa report a fortnight ago that a national executive emergency meeting had ordered the recalling of Kombayi and his colleagues.
According to a News Day report Wednesday MDC-T Midlands South provincial spokesman, James Tsuro, confirmed that the national executive had formally served Kombayi and the four other councillors with their suspension letters, pending a disciplinary hearing set for Monday October 14th.
The other suspended councillors are deputy mayor Artwell Matyorauta, Tawanda Magidi (Ward 16), Farai Muza (Wrd 17) and Moses Marecha (Ward 5). A provincial executive meeting chaired by Zvishavane Senator Lillian Timveos, had recommended the suspension of 10 councillors, reports said.
Accusations against Kombayi and his colleagues are that they defied orders to rally behind party nominees Charles Chikozho for the mayoral post and Kenneth Sithole as his deputy.
However political analyst Dr Maxwell Shumba told SW Radio Africa two weeks ago that while the MDC-T had a right to discipline its members, the party should investigate the causes of the rebellion. SW Radio Africa