MDC Alliance, councillors head for clash over mayoral elections

Newly-appointed Masvingo mayor, Collen Maboke was voted in against party orders after being nominated and seconded by Zanu PF councillors.

This prompted protests from MDC Alliance supporters who were gathered outside and threatened to beat some of the city fathers for “selling out”.

In Victoria Falls, residents and councillors protested against what they termed imposition of Margaret Varley as mayoral candidate and, instead, voted in Somvelo Dlamini.

Maboke won by seven votes to three against the preferred MDC Alliance candidate, Godfrey Kurauone.

The new mayor vowed to defy the MDC Alliance directive to step down after the controversial elections that also saw some of the party’s seven councillors voting for a Zanu PF councillor, Wellington Mahwende, as deputy mayor.

The MDC Alliance had nominated Selina Maridza as the deputy, causing ructions in the party.

The opposition party last week summoned all the Masvingo councillors to a crisis meeting in Harare and accused them of forging an unholy alliance with Zanu PF.

According to provincial chair James Gumbi, the party ordered Maboke to step down for alleged disobedience and accused the councillors of failing to show unity and capitalise on their numerical advantage to get both posts.

“The party resolved that proper party procedures were not followed in the selection of the mayor. It was resolved that Maboke steps down,” he said.