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Chombo backs Chitungwiza mayor

Chipiyo last week survived a vote of no confidence from fellow MDC-T councillors after Chombo’s ministry leapt to his defence.
The mayor accuses his deputy Rangarirai Mutingwende and town clerk Godfrey Tanyanyiwa of sabotaging him.

A fortnight ago Mutingwende almost manhandled Chipiyo at council offices while allegedly hurling insults at him.
Chipiyo accuses Tanyanyiwa of sidelining him on council business as he allegedly works with Mutingwende.

Chombo’s ministry wrote to Tanyanyiwa last week advising him that council had no authority to pass a vote of no confidence against Chipiyo.
The minister also said the town clerk erred in authorising the purchase of a brand new Ford Ranger vehicle for the deputy mayor, saying Mutingwende was not entitled to a vehicle.

“The town clerk is only involved in the administration of the town while the mayor is involved in policy matters and therefore the town clerk should inform and work closely with the mayor,” Chombo said.

“The town clerk cannot override the mayor and we support the mayor fully.

“The town clerk should also not have bought the deputy mayor a vehicle and it’s up to the mayor to take appropriate action.”
Chombo said it was Tanyanyiwa’s duty to inform the mayor on all council activities.

On Wednesday Chipiyo boycotted a meeting at Chitungwiza Hospital to prepare for a fundraising gala saying Tanyanyiwa had informed him 15 minutes before it was due to start.

He said the town clerk had known about the meeting a week before but chose to not inform him.
“They are trying to push me out through a vote of no confidence. However, this has since failed because I am saying no to this luxury while we have not delivered better services to the residents of Chitungwiza,” Chipiyo said.

“The town Clerk is now working together with the deputy mayor to push me out.
Efforts to get comments from Tanyanyiwa and Mutingwende were fruitless as their mobile phones were going to voicemail.

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