ZAKA – Councillor Vincent Toranai Chimombe of ward 2, Zaka district, has resigned due to ill health which has seen him having serious trouble with one of his arms.
Chimombe tendered his resignation in writing and the letter was read in a recent full council meeting held two weeks ago in the presence of his council colleagues and members of the public.
In the letter, the councillor indicated that due to poor health, he was no longer able to continue effectively carrying out his duties.
Council chairperson, Sebastian Musundire later told TellZim News that Councillor Lovemore Makuyana of ward 1 will, for the meantime, assist the people of ward 2 until a by-election is held.
"Councilor Makuyana will assist the people of ward 2 whenever a councillor is needed since he is in a neighbouring ward," said Musundire.
Last year, Ward 23 councillor Hezekia Rangwani passed on but no by-election was held to replace him.
Amasa Nhenjana, who is now the acting Zanu-PF provincial chairperson, later railroaded Rangwani's wife, Maria, to finish off her husband's term.
Nhenjana reportedly claimed that he had consulted the traditional leaders in the ward as well as the party structures and agreed that Maria should finish off the term although many people saw the move as an act of political patronage and abuse of power.
However, Zanu PF is likely to retain the ward in light of the opposition MDC-T and its National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera) allies' 'no reform no election' stance.news