Recalled Chitungwiza mayor and Ward 7 councillor Lovemore Maiko said he doesn’t regret supporting Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) leader Nelson Chamisa after he was recalled early this week by MDC-T leader Douglas Mwonzora.
Maiko was notified of his recall through a letter sent to him by the acting town clerk Evangelista Machona dated 1 March 2022.
Speaking to New Zimbabwe, Maiko said his recall did not come to him as a surprise as he knew it was coming. He said:
These days recalls are now being done on the basis that you are no longer an MDC member; this has been happening for a long time now and there is nothing surprising about this.
I was elected under the leadership of Nelson Chamisa and that is why I am being recalled, it is something that I knew was coming and despite all that, I will continue serving the people which is my community that elected me to office.
Part of the letter to Maiko from Machona, that also had a letter attached from the Local Government Minister July Moyo, read:
Kindly be advised that we are in receipt of the attached letter from the minister of local government and public works, honourable J.G Moyo dated 1 March 2022 informing council that you have been expelled from your party, the Movement for Democratic Change (T).
In view of the above, kindly be advised that you are no longer a councillor for Ward 7 and the ward is now vacant with effect from 2 March 2022.
Please ensure that you surrender any property that belongs to the council and the acting chamber secretary through the audit manager.