GWERU: As the wearing MDC factional wars continue to rage, Douglas Mwonzora led MDC-T has recommended the recall of Gweru Mayor Dr. Josiah Makombe.
Mwonzora has confirmed that his party has recommended the recall of Dr. Makombe on basis that he is fronting the Chamisa-led MDC Alliance.
“We have as a party recommended that Mamkombe be recalled on basis that he is aligned to the Chamisa-led party. We have since sent the recommendations to the relevant offices and we await to hear their response,” said Mwonzora.
An inside source however told CommuTalk that Mwonzora had written seeking recalls of four others who include, Chitungwiza Mayor, Lovemore Maiko; Redcliff Mayor Clayton Masiyatsva; Mutare Mayor Blessing Tandi; James Sithole, but says the Minister of Local Governance chose to recall only Makombe to settle superiority beef.
“Makombe is victim to s superiority war where July Moyo says he is overriding his office. Four other names have been submitted for recall but the Minister has vowed that he wants to deal with Makombe first. The recall letter has since been sent through the City of Gweru Town Clerk’s office to make sure he is not part of the Kudzanayi Terminus official opening but Makombe has refused to sign for reasons known to him.
“The move confirms the Minister’s complaints that Dr. Makombe has been snubbing him while implementing programs involving the First Family. This week Makombe is expected to officiate the Kudzanayi Market official opening where President Mnangagwa is guest of honor and the under-fire Mayor is said to have not invited the Minister,” the source said.
“Prior to the incidence, Makombe is also said to have left a mayor’s meeting the time July Moyo entered the room; a move many interpreted to be bad blood between the two for reasons better known to them,” the source further said.
Both Moyo and Dr. Makombe who is also the Urban Council’s Association of Zimbabwe (UCAZ) President were not available to comment on developments underway as his phone went unanswered.
Meanwhile, Mwonzora is accused of planning to recall Thokozani Khupe and other Members of Parliament amid factionalism in the party ahead of its elective Ordinary Congress expected to be convened early next year.
The plans came to the limelight after Khupe claimed in a letter written by her attorneys to the MDC-T that Mwonzora is planning to recall her following a meeting last month of the party’s National Council.