Harare Mayor, Ian Makone and 8 other councillors have been expelled from the Citizens Coalition for Change by the party’s Self Proclaimed Interim Secretary General Sengenzo Tshabangu for ceasing to be members of the opposition outfit.
In a statement which has gone viral on social media, Tshabangu wrote to Local Government Minister Winston Chitando notifying him that the 9 councillors in Harare have been rerecalled.
The development comes after this publication broke the news yesterday that Tshabangu would effect more recalls ahead of the By Elections that will be held on 9 December to replace 14 Members of Parliament and 17 councillors who he recalled.
“Kindly be advised that the following Councillors were under Citizens Coalition for Change political party, and have ceased to be members of the Citizens Coalition for Change. Denford Ngadziore(ward16), Kudzai Kadzombe(ward 41), Lovejoy Chitegu (ward 36), lan Muteto Makone, ( Harare Mayor and councillor for ward 18), Samuel Gwenzi (ward 5), Chido Hamauswa (PR Council), Tiriboyi Sabina( PR Council), Florence Cheza (PR Council), Matimba Fadzai (PR Council),” reads the statement.
Meanwhile, another circular purporting to have originated from Citizens Coalition for Change stated that Tshabangu was fired yesterday from his position as Interim Secretary General with immediate effect.
“Kindly be advised that the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC), Political Party has fired its Interim Secretary General Sengezo Tshabangu with immediate effect. The Citizens movement reached this decision at its Citizens Assembly Meeting held in Bulawayo on Sunday 05 November 2023.
“ The reason of the expulsion emanates from the unilateral decision by Sengezo Tshabangu that led to the recall of Citizens Coalition For Change CCC Councillors. As of today you’re advised not to entertain any letter or correspondence from Sengezo Tshabangu,” reads the statement.
The recalls of 9 more councillors plunges CCC into further drama as Nelson Chamisa battles to retain control of his political party.