The MDC-T says its decision to recall obstinate councillors will not disrupt service delivery in local authorities. Responding to concerns by some residents associations and analysts that recalls will disrupt service delivery, acting MDC-T spokesperson Khaliphani Phugeni allayed fears that recalls will disrupt service delivery in local authorities.

“What I can say is that we are trying to put our priorities right and deliver. We are seized with making sure that services to the people are delivered as we focus on alleviating the people’s suffering,” Phugeni said. 

The MDC-T spokesperson was tough on defiant councillors, saying that they will not allow ‘free radicals’ to reign freely in local authorities.

“If a councilor says you no longer have jurisdiction over us and then the residents call us and say we want you to deal with [A, B, C, D] because your deployees are lacking here and there. [And] then the councillors say no you have no jurisdiction over us, we are not listening to you we are free radicals, that will be a collapse of governance. You do not expect us to be that irresponsible,” Phugeni said.

He said that the party is meeting its deployees in various local authorities to strategize on how to improve service delivery.

“Two weeks ago I went to Gwanda. I called all our deployees in council and the Local MP Lindiwe Maphosa, we all agreed that we need to prioritize service delivery to residents, we came up with means and plans on how to raise funds to assist in making sure that the plans that we are coming up with can be speedily implemented and service delivery is realized,” Phugeni told iafrica24.

Phugeni said that the MDC-T is focused on making sure that the councils they govern are people centred.
“We want people who are faithful and loyal to the calling and the people. Deployees who are obsessed about service delivery not politics….who will put people first ahead of politics,” he said.

The MDC has been consumed by mindless ructions ever since its much-loved founding father Dr. Morgan Tsvangirai died from colon cancer in February 2018.

The infighting escalated after the Supreme Court’s judgment earlier this year which upheld last year’s ruling by the High Court that nullified Nelson Chamisa’s ascendancy to the leadership of the country’s biggest opposition party.

Chamisa and his lieutenants have appeared to be in disarray ever since that Supreme Court ruling which ruled that Dr. Thokozani Khupe should be the party’s interim leader – with the mandate to organise an extraordinary congress to elect new party leadership using its 2014 structures.

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