Bulawayo Mayor, Solomon Mguni and former deputy mayor, Mlandu Ncube, Thursday boycotted a Citizens’ Coalition for Change (CCC) meeting organised for councillors in Harare allegedly in fear of the MDC-T leader Douglas Mwonzora.
The councillors were in the capital attending an Urban Councils Association of Zimbabwe (UCAZ) workshop. CCC sources said the party took advantage of the UCAZ indaba to summon the councillors following the recalling of Ward 3 councillor and deputy mayor Tinashe Kambarami by the MDC-T allegedly at the instigation of Mguni and Ncube.
It is claimed that while Ncube has been actively participating in several CCC Whatsapp groups, Mguni’s allegiance has not been clear since Mwonzora started recalling members viewed as aligned to Nelson Chamisa.
Sources said 13 councillors attended Thursday‘s meeting while one councillor tendered his apology after failing to attend.
Bulawayo City Council has 29 councillors with only one belonging to ZANU PF.
One councillor who attended the meeting addressed by the CCC’s leadership spoke to NewZimbabwe.com:
Following the recalling of Kambarami, the party wanted to know those councillors, who are still with us and those who are pretending to be with us, while they are with Mwonzora.
Thursday‘s meeting finally exposed those fence-sitting individuals.
Some of the CCC councillors, who were present at the meeting include Donaldson Mabuto (Ward 9), Arnold Batirai Dube, (Ward 24) Sikhululekile Moyo (Ward 17), Edwin Dube ( ward 8), Ernest Rafamoyo (20) and Kambarami.
Due to fear of losing their posts, which will see some forfeiting cars and other perks, some have allegedly been attending meetings of both political parties to assess where the political wind is blowing.