The Movement for Democratic Change has accused Local Government Minister Saviour Kasukuwere of maliciously suspending Chitungwiza town councilors to divert attention from the political crisis he is personally facing.
The minister is under siege from his party with all 10 political provinces calling for his sacking for allegedly trying to oust President Robert Mugabe by creating parallel party structures.
A high-powered delegation sent to look into his matter on Wednesday said it would present its report next week, but his supporters celebrated this as a victory for Kasukuwere.
Kasukuwere has suspended all Chitungwiza councilors including those from ZANU-PF for allegedly granting themselves land deals worth $7 million.
MDC-T spokesman Obert Gutu today said Kasukuwere’s “malicious and unlawful action” was actually motivated by a “wicked and malevolent political agenda”.
“He is a man who is facing serious political problems of his own within his faction–ridden and collapsing ZANU-PF party who is trying to divert attention and create confusion by decimating urban authorities that are under the control of the MDC,” Gutu said.
“The real reason why Kasukuwere has unlawfully suspended the councillors is not because there is any concrete evidence of corruption against them but because he is seeking to advance his own personal interests by victimising certain individuals within the Chitungwiza town council administration, which individuals he suspects are responsible for ganging up against him as he faces his political Waterloo within the deeply corrupt and politically decadent ZANU-PF Mafia organisation.”
Gutu said the MDC-T will not allow Kasukuwere to bulldoze his way through and would challenge his action in court.
“Much as we appreciate that Kasukuwere is a notorious political thug, the MDC will not allow him to ride rough shod over the clear and unambiguous provisions of the law that administers the affairs of urban local authorities. As such, we will definitely challenge this unlawful suspension in the courts of law,” he said.
“We are aware that the ultimate intention of the evil and insipidly corrupt ZANU-PF regime is to totally decimate all the urban authorities that are under the control of the MDC as we approach the 2018 elections.
“The regime is in panic mode. They know that the people are angry and that ZANU-PF is heading for a humiliating electoral defeat next year. The plan, therefore, is for the regime to cause maximum damage to the MDC by creating havoc, confusion and mayhem through the malicious and unlawful suspension and dismissal of our councillors countrywide.”
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