The MDC political fights are on the verge of tearing apart Town House with rumours that the Khupe led MDC-T will recall some Councilors as punishment for supporting Chamisa’s MDC Alliance.
This move has ramifications which go beyond the internal battles in the MDC as the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has already revealed that it has suspended all elections and by-elections.
In a statement the electoral body says, ‘the suspension of by-elections and other electoral activities was done incompliance with executive Presidential powers invoked as a result of a global pandemic recognised by the law as an Act of God”.
“It therefore follows that the by-elections were suspended in terms of the Covid19 Regulations and not in terms of the Electoral Act and its stipulated time frames as some sections of society would like to believe”.
ZEC reiterated that elections were actually suspended and not postponed “which means that they will conducted when lockdown restrictions have been relaxed to allow such activities to resume without posing danger to the health of those involved”.
What this essentially means is that if the MDC-T recalls some of the Councilors, as is being speculated, they will be no by-elections to replace them.
There are two most obvious scenarios that may play out at Town House in the event that this is what happens.
According to current information Khupe’s MDC-T intends to recall 14 Councilors who include Mayor Herbert Gomba.
This will leave a Council of 32 Councilors and the Deputy Mayor Enoch Mupamawonde, if not recalled himself, will assume the vacant position of Mayor.
This will be de javu for him as he did a similar act after recalling of former Mayor Bernard Manyenyeni in 2018
They has been some speculation that due to the suspension of by-elections the party with recalled candidates will simply replace them with other individuals.
If that is the case then suddenly MDC-T will effectively have 14 Councilors at Town House very soon. In case all the other 31 remaining (one is from ZANU PF) obey MDC-T leadership then the whole Town House becomes a Khupe fiefdom.
If the remaining 31 become defiant to Khupe they can also be recalled and replaced until Khupe has total control of Town House.
In the case that there is mayhem in the frenetic political battle for Town House it’s perfectly logical to expect Central government to come in with a Commission as they did in 2006.
The Sekesai Makwavarara appointed Commission ran City of Harare until December 2008.
As the political fights continue it’s apparent that if ever MDC-T is to start another battle on the steps of Town House peace and service delivery will be the last thing on anyone’s mind.