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Chamisa gives Masvingo mayor one week to resign…. says “we need discipline in our party”

By Upenyu Chaota | Zim Morning Post |

MDC leader Nelson Chamisa has given mayor Collen Maboke a one week ultimatum to resign or face expulsion from the party.

President of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Nelson Chamisa
President of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Nelson Chamisa

Speaking before a provincial council meeting here on Saturday, Chamisa said indiscipline will never be tolerated and anyone who is found wanting will be dealt with accordingly.

“We need discipline in our party. We cannot let people run around doing whatever they want disobeying party directives.

“Here in Masvingo, we gave a directive on who should be mayor but the councillors went on to do what they wanted in the chambers resulting in the donation of the deputy mayoral post to Zanu PF.

“Maboke is not our mayor and I want to address this issue once and for all. I am giving him one week to resign or we will expel him from the party. It is better to know that Masvingo is under Zanu PF than to have Zanu PF within MDC,” said Chamisa.

MDC has seven councillors out of ten but they lost the deputy mayoral post to Zanu PF which only has three.

Chamisa warned provincial chairperson James Gumbi, who is the one believed to be protecting Maboke, that he would be dealt with if he does not see to it that the councillors follow the correct script given to them by the national council.

“Chairman Gumbi, I want this issue resolved this week. If you fail we will hit you too,” said Chamisa.

Chamisa also threatened to fire all councillors and risk by-elections if Maboke failed to resign.

As per MDC’s directive, Ward 4 councillor Godfrey Kurauone was supposed to be the mayor deputised by Ward 1 councillor Selina Maridza.