Chamisa fires Victoria Falls mayor for defying his directives

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By Matabeleland North Correspondent

MDC leader Nelson Chamisa and his party have sacked Victoria Falls mayor Somvelo Dlamini accusing him of defying party directives not to stand in elections which ushered him into the top job.

Dlamini was Wednesday handed his expulsion letter, dated October 20 and signed by MDC Matabeleland North provincial secretary Mxolisi Ndlovu.

Ndlovu accused the mayor of violating the party’s disciplinary code of conduct.

“It’s with deep regret that the provincial executive committee having sat on the 20th of October has resolved to expel you from the position of councillor for ward 9 of the Victoria Falls Municipality.

“The decision came about following a series of your continued breach of party standing rules and regulations and protocol.”

Dlamini was accused of “bringing the name of the party into disrepute or ridicule; in any way or manner interfering or acting in any act which undermines or hinders the future of the party’s aims and objectives”.

He was further accused of “disrespecting and undermining any organ or elected official including failure to respect protocol of the party” and “conducting yourself in a manner likely to provoke serious divisions or a breakdown in the party”.

“In light of the above charges laid against you by the provincial executive committee, based on powers vested on it in terms of section 3.6.3 of the constitution, hereby suspend you from attending any council business on the party ticket,” said Ndlovu in the letter.

Dlamini was supposed to officiate at the provincial World Habitat Day commemorations in the town on Wednesday but was forced to abandon it after he had been served with the letter.

His deputy Patricia Mwale also stayed away resulting in fellow councillor Nkanyiso Sibindi reading the mayoral speech.

The now expelled council official is accused of going against a party directive not to contest for a council mayoral election which saw him upstage preferred party loyalist Margaret Valley.

Dlamini was however preferred candidate among residents in the resort town.

Chamisa is keen to consolidate his control of a party he took over under chaotic circumstances February this year following the death of founding leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

He has stopped at nothing to stamp his authority with Chegutu mayor Henry Muchatibaya also given the boot on Wednesday on almost similar accusations while six MDC councillors were suspended.