Tuesday, 4 October 2016

COUNCILLOR SACKED OVER RADIO INTERVIEW

Rattled Zanu PF, peeved by the rate of its own councillors beginning to appreciate the value of the Communities in Action campaign, has axed Mutare Rural District councillor for Ward 4, John Masondo, accusing him of associating with the opposition.

Speaking in an interview, Masondo said it all began when he attended a radio show that was sponsored by the Election Resource Centre (ERC) dubbed Communities in Action.
During the radio show, Masondo mentioned that leaders had failed to respond to the needs of people with disabilities but some like him are beginning to see the value of respecting their rights because of such programmes like Communities in Action.

Communities in Action campaign intends to increase and strengthen the organised and active involvement of citizens on local governance issues. Much of the work focuses on helping citizens engage local leaders on substantive issues of community action.

This, Masondo said, angered his superiors who felt that he was not supposed to say they had failed to respond to the issues of people with disabilities.
“They were disappointed with me for attending the radio show. They said I was not supposed to say that leaders, including Members of Parliament and Senators had failed to champion the cause of people living with disabilities.

“They also served me with a letter of expulsion, accusing me of dining with Zimbabwe People First,” Masondo said.

Zimbabwe People First was formed by former Vice President Joice Mujuru and her allies after being expelled from Zanu PF and government accused of wanting to topple President Robert Mugabe.                 

In a letter dated August 30, 2016 signed by the Zanu PF secretary for administration Ignatius Chombo, warring Zanu PF said it expelled the councillor for dinning with Zimbabwe People First.

“Sitting at its 301th Ordinary session on the 3rd of August 2016 at Zanu PF, the politburo endorsed the national disciplinary committee’s decision to expel you from Zanu PF party with immediate effect. Having gone through your case the Committee found overwhelming evidence against you on your charge of actively participating in the Zimbabwe People First party.

“Your actions violated the amended Zanu PF party constitution article 28 section 262 (c) read in conjunction with article 3 of section 21 leading to your expulsion. Be guided accordingly,” read the dismissal letter.

The Communities in Action campaign is creating a platform for engagement between citizens and their local leaders that is the village heads, chiefs and the elected councillors. The campaign was born out of the realisation of lack of engagement platforms between local leaders and citizens. Daily News

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