DISMISSED Harare MDC councillors have resolved to resume their duties in a parallel process to acting mayor Sekesai Makwavarara’s operations, the Zimbabwe Independent heard this week.
Over 40 Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) councillors who were either fired by government or resigned to protest Local Government minister Ignatious Chombo’s interference in council affairs said they were still answerable to ratepayers and therefore should continue to execute their duties.
“We want to retain our relevance to the wards,” councillor Last Maengahama said.
“Councillors will not attend the official business of the local authority at Town House but will continue with all their social responsibilities. In fact 99% of a councillor’s job is done outside Town House.”
Combined Harare Residents Association (Chra) chairman Mike Davies told the Independent that they were working with councillors in efforts to reach out to the communities who voted them into office.
“We are facilitating councillors as community leaders to interact with their electorate and other leaders in their communities,” Davies said.
“It’s a continuation of our capacity-building and development as we prepare for a democratically-elected council,” he said.
“When elections come at whatever stage committed and knowledgeable councillors should be elected into office. Being elected a councillor should not be seen as a form of employment.”
Chombo rendered Harare council redundant when he fired the first democratically-elected executive mayor Engineer Elias Mudzuri and 19 of his councillors. The remaining councillors failed to hold meetings on several occasions because they could not constitute a quorum.
Chombo proceeded to bestow the authority to run the city on governor Witness Mangwende before appointing the James Kurasha committee to take charge of Harare.