Centre News Reporter
MASVINGO- Some Masvingo city councilors have vowed to boycott the official opening of Masvingo north-west medical clinic and Cambrida landfill in Runyaro west on Friday, over allegations that Zanu PF hijacked the ceremony and imposed its party Vice President, Kembo Mohadi as the Guest of honour without the knowledge and approval of other councilors and some council management.
Irate councilors from the main opposition Citizen Coalition for Change (CCC), have vowed to snub the event accusing Zanu PF of bulldozing its way into the preparations of the event and clandestinely invited Mohadi, who is no longer a government official.
The councilors accuse Zanu PF of high-jacking a government programme in a bid to use its second secretary and Vice President to drum up urban support ahead of the forthcoming water shed general plebiscite scheduled for August.
CCC Ward 4 Councilor, Aleck Tabe said they were shocked to learn that Mohadi would officiate at their event when he is no longer a government official.
“We were shocked to learn that Mohadi has been invited to officiate our function when he is not a government official, we are not aware who did this because as council we did not invite him. We had our own programme that didn’t include Mohadi and we are still stunned,” said Tabe.
Sources at town house said some unnamed Zanu PF councilors in the local authority pushed for Mohadi’s high jacking of the programme through the office of the Provincial Affairs Minister, Ezra Chadzamira, their party bigwig.
Masvingo City Mayor, Collen Maboke, confirmed the furore.
He told Centre News that if Mohadi attends the ceremony they are set to boycott it.
“I can confirm that development I was startled as the Mayor to receive an invitation and a programme attached informing us that Mohadi will be our guest of honour. We were left speechless and wondering on what capacity would a Zanu PF official officiate government business. We have however resolved not attend the ceremony if he shows up,” said Maboke.
Mohadi was dropped from government after he was forced to resign following the leaking of nauseating office sex scandals with his female aides.
Opposition councilors say his hands are too dirty to officiate government business.
Efforts to get a comment from Chadzamira were fruitless as his phone went unanswered, while Zanu PF provincial Chairman, Robson Mavhenyengwa said he could not comment as he was in a party meeting.
Political analysts accuse Zanu PF of deliberately failing to distinguish government and party business hence the ruling party is fond of using party members to officiate government functions.
Centre News could not reach out to Mohadi to get his comment.