KWEKWE — Thousands of supporters stormed an MDC-T closed meeting of provincial leaders that was being addressed by party leader Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai in Torwood, Kwekwe, yesterday.
“We have a lot of councillors countrywide and some of these have been so corrupt that they have spoiled the good image of MDC. They have been stealing from the people as if they were possessed by demons yet these people are the face of the party who are close to the electorate,” said Tsvangirai.
“In Harare, there are some councillors who came into council with nothing, but slip-ons, but now they have several cars and lots of property . . . ah! Where did you get all those things from? You are busy stealing,” he said.
Tsvangirai said his party would soon introduce stringent selection criterion to weed out uncouth elements wishing to contest in elections for self-aggrandisement.
“In the next elections, we are going to deal decisively with this because we are going to try and select the best candidates. We will get people who have managed to achieve something for themselves because if we take people who have failed in their own personal lives, they will get into office and only use the opportunity to loot resources. That will not be allowed,” he said.
Tsvangirai said with the office of the executive mayor set to be reintroduced after adoption of the new constitution, the MDC-T planned to set delivery benchmarks for incumbents, especially those from his party.
“We will give executive mayors benchmarks which they will have to deliver within a given timeframe and if they fail to deliver, we will chuck them out of office. By that time I will be President of Zimbabwe and will not wait for the next election to fire you,” he said amid cheers.