Simbarashe Fenton M.
The Movement for Democratic Change-Tsvangirai (MDC-T) led by Douglas Mwonzora has recalled three councilors from the City of Kwekwe including Mayor Angeline Kasipo, this publication can reveal.
The other councilors include Washington Moyo and Melody Chirangande. Chingarande was recalled a few days after she was elected as the Deputy Mayor replacing the late Shadreck Tobaiwa who died a few weeks ago.
“Yes, it is true we have been recalled. Honestly we do not know the motive behind this recalling by the MDC-T of myself and other two councilors. I received a letter (from the Minister Local Governance and Public Works dated 05 August 2020), it simply says we have been expelled from the party, but since I have never been a member of that party it is neither here or there,” said Kasipo.
In a letter received by this publication, dated 05 August 2021 from the Minister of Local Governance and Public Works July Moyo directed to Kwekwe Town Clerk confirmed the recalling of the councilors while also informing the Town Clerk of the vacancies at the Civic center.
“I wish to inform you that I am in receipt of a letter from the Secretary General of the MDC-T dated 4th of August 2021 stating that the following councilors have been expelled from the party: 1. Cllr Kasipo Angeline Ward 10, 2.Cllr Chirangande Melody, 3.Cllr Moyo Washington…In terms of section 121 of the Electoral Act, please inform the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission and the affected councilors,” read part of the letter.
The newly elected Deputy Mayor Melody Chirangande faced an axe a few days after she had won the elections. Her expulsion resulted in her becoming the shortest serving Deputy Mayor in Zimbabwe, a development alleged to have been arrived at after the victorious election.
“I have no pressure, not even worried by their recall, I have been prepared since they have been threatening us, I will stand by Nelson Chamisa, I always pledge my allegiance to Chamisa, and I will be resolute.
“From my point of view I think it is because I won the Deputy Mayor seat and the long term agenda of Mwonzora and Company of destroying MDC Alliance, they invited us for a very long time to join their ‘T’ team but we told them we stand by Alliance which led us into office and which we believe in, they were frustrated by that. We will wait on the party’s decision, we will go for by-elections and get back to work,” said the former Deputy Mayor Cllr Chingarande.
In an interview with this publication following the development, Midlands MDC Alliance spokesperson Dr. Takavafira Zhou said it was a way of frustration from the Mwonzora led MDC-T. He also emphasised that his party will be victorious once again
“It is out of frustration in their failure to win Deputy Mayor due to their internal squabbles. History would absolve MDC-Alliance and the people are better judges and will speak through their votes come next election. Mwonzora thinks he is clever, but lies have short legs.
“Redcliff and Kwekwe people are all behind MDC Alliance, MDC Alliance has grassroots support all over Zimbabwe, time will tell and judge them, unfortunately celebrations for the Deputy Mayor were short lived,” he said.
The MDC-T has recalled more than 60 MDC Alliance MP’s and councilors to date.