Mariga lifts Chikomba CCC councillors suspension
CHIVHU — Chikomba District Development Coordinator (DDC), Michael Mariga has lifted a suspension he imposed on four Chikomba Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) councillors after they filed an urgent chamber application challenging the suspension.
A letter seen by The Mirror dated January 25, 2024, addressed to the four councillors’ lawyers Mabundu and Ndlovu Legal Practitioners from Mariga’s lawyer Herbert Mutasa of Gill, Godlonton and Gerrans Legal Practitioners confirmed the lifting of the suspension.
The four CCC councillors are Collen Zvarevashe (Ward 11), Amos Reza (Ward 10), Fexil Zhakata (Ward 9) and Ishmael Maukazuva (Ward 12).
“We refer to the above matter and to our telephone conversation earlier today. During the aforesaid telephone conversation, Ms Ndou told us that your clients will withdraw their urgent chamber application if written undertaking is given on the terms that we proposed to you before. Here now is our clients’ undertaking, your clients will not be hindered from discharging their duties as councillors for their respective wards and your clients’ allowances will not be withheld,” reads the letter.
Mariga suspended the quartet after they filed an application for a declarature to nullify all council committees at the High Court in Harare. They are alleging that the committees were imposed by the council chairperson Israel Dhikinya without conducting elections thereby violating the Rural Councils Act.
The four CCC councillors then filed an urgent chamber application challenging the suspension. They alleged that they did not receive any official communication notifying them of the suspension. They also argued that Mariga does not have the power to suspend them.
Meanwhile the councillors are continuing with their application to nullify all council committees. 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.