Chivhu CCC councillors challenge suspension at High Court
CHIKOMBA— Four Chikomba Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) councillors have filed an urgent chamber application challenging their suspension from council by the District Development Coordinator (DDC) Michael Mariga.
Mariga suspended Collen Zvarevashe (Ward 11), Amos Reza (Ward 10), Fexil Zhakata (Ward 9) and Ishmael Maukazuva (ward 12) for filing an application for a declarature to nullify all council committees at the High Court. They were suspended in December last year.
The four CCC councillors allege in their urgent chamber application dated January 19,204, that they have not been served with any official communication of their suspension. They are also arguing that Mariga does not have the power to suspend them. Mariga and the local authority are the respondents in the matter.
“…We were never served with any official communication or letter showing that we had committed a misconduct that therefore we were being suspended from conducting council business. Only a resolution passed and pronounced by the 2nd respondent (Mariga) at the meeting of the 11th of January 2024.
“The actions of the 1st and 2nd respondents are in contravention of Section 157 of the Rural District Councils Act which is clear that the one who acts on councilors is the Minister and he is the one vested with powers to suspend or dismiss a councillor if there are reasonable grounds that that councillor has committed some misconduct. Contrary to the said section we never received any letter of suspension from the Minister,” reads part of the urgent chamber application.
The four councillors approached the High Court in Harare seeking an order to nullify all council committees on the basis that they were imposed by the council chairperson Israel Dhikinya without elections being conducted.
The quartet initially approached Chivhu Magistrates Court but withdrew the application after agreeing to resolve the matter in a full council meeting with Zanu PF councillors and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Bullen Chiwara.