Lovemore Moyo, who is also Speaker of Parliament, confirmed to the Zimbabwe Independent that he had met Bulawayo mayor Thaba Moyo at City Hall on Friday, but he denied reading the riot act to the mayor over the issue.
“It was an informal engagement but we didn’t discuss the problems at the council,” said Lovemore Moyo, who is the chairperson of MDC-T’s conflict resolution and management committee. “What I know is that the party’s secretary for local government, Sesil Zvidzai, is seized with the matter and we are waiting for feedback.”
As part of efforts to contain the local authority feud, councillors were this week locked in a conflict-resolution retreat in Beitbridge.
Following the eruption of an internal feud among the 24 MDC-T councillors over committee posts late last year, the party summoned them to its Bulawayo provincial headquarters for a meeting chaired by Zvidzai where they were told who to vote for committee chairpersons, but some of them rebelled against this instruction.
Although they had been instructed to vote for Councillor James Sithole as Finance Committee chairperson, the MDC-T councillors ignored the directive and instead voted for Edward Ndlovu of the MDC led by Welshman Ncube.
However, sources maintained that Lovemore Moyo had read the riot act to the mayor for failing to control the councillors. “Lovemore Moyo and Reggie Moyo met the mayor to solve the feud rocking City Hall.
The selection of council chairpersons was messy because MDC-T councillors voted for those belonging to MDC. It is likely that the party will take action against some councillors with links to the MDC,” said a senior councillor this week.
Problems stalking the MDC-T started when past General Purposes committee members failed to block a resolution to rotate the chairmanship annually instead of five years.
Council committees are influential particularly in the selection of companies to be awarded tenders as well as expenses-paid trips and attractive subsistence allowances.
The motion to rotate the committee members stemmed from a raging debate over the alleged involvement of deputy mayor Amen Mpofu in the awarding of a parking tender to Easipark.