By Tendai Munengwa
Newly-elected Triple C Councillors have been exposed for allegedly convening a private meeting where a resolution was passed to make Harare ungovernable through sabotaging efforts by Central Government to improve service delivery in the capital city.
According to leaked minutes, after conveying congratulatory messages to each other, the CCC Councillors resolved to go on the war path with Central Government, especially the Minister of Local Government and Public Works Honourable July Moyo by defying directives from his ministry.
They also agreed to ensure that Town House is ungovernable by toppling the Acting Mayor, Councillor Steward Mutizwa as well as the Acting Town Clerk and Acting Chamber Secretary.
This, according to the minutes would result in the new Councillors brining back Cainos Chingombe as Acting Town Clerk and replacing Mtizwa with Mupamombe.
They further decided to stop the executive from attending meetings called by Permanent Secretary for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Mr Tafadzwa Muguti and Minister of State for Harare Metropolitan Province Engineer Oliver Chidawu.
Asked to comment on the issue, CCC Councillor Simon Mapanzure dismissed the allegations as false.
“We only saw that on social media and it’s not true. We are prepared to work with our parent minister and all those accusations nothing of that sort happened,” he said.
Local governance expert, Precious Shumba condemned the development as disruptive and uncalled for at a time when Central Government is trying restore order in most opposition run urban councils.
“By being elected, the same Councillors forget that they are not immune to laws. These Councillors should not be allowed to continue holding residents at ransom. We expect the CCC to demonstrate maturity after the some of them who came back have been implicated in corruption before,” said Shumba.
This is not the first time CCC Councillors have been found wanting, with five of them who
bounced back after the March 26 By-elections having been arrested with their corruption cases still pending at the courts.