Nothing beats education, this is probably the best message coming out of the newly sworn in Chikomba Rural District Council meetings.
Five MDC Alliance councillors who have better academic qualifications are dominating Chikomba RDC Council meetings where Zanu PF has an overwhelming majority of 25 out of 30 councillors.
For those who attended the first meeting on ………the gathering was an MDC Alliance show where councillors took the debate out of the Zanu PF councillors’ world. Zanu PF’s councillors are all from rural areas while MDC swept all the four seats in Chivhu urban.
The party grabbed another ward at Sadza growth point. MDC has two teachers and some skilled and educated councillors.
So dominant were MDC councillors in the meeting that the local District Administrator had to prop up Zanu PF councillors to speak out and participate.
“Other councillors, please stand up and speak, we don’t want a situation where this house is run and controlled by four people,” said the DA.
Councillors Ishmael Maukazuva and Edwin Maseva dissected issues and proffered various suggestions, leaving the majority of Zanu PF councillors as spectators.
MDC Alliance councillors are Christopher Muchenje, Ward 9 who is a technician, Emmanuel Punungwe Ward 10 who is teacher at Badza Primary, Maseva, a teacher at Makumimavi Primary School for Ward 11 and Maukazuva for Ward 12 who is a technician with the Zimbabwe ElectricityTransmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC).
The DA had to assure Zanu PF councillors that one did not need to have a degree in order to be a councillor or an MP.
Chikomba Residents and Rate Payers Alliance (CHRRA) chairperson Collen Zvarevashe said he was impressed by the level of debate that the MDC had brought to council. He said there is a complete transformation from the last council where Zanu PF had 100% representation.
Maseva was elected the chairperson of the town board committee, while Peta was elected chairperson of the Sadza area committee.
Meanwhile, Chikomba RDC acting chief executive officer Bullen Chiwara warned councillors against providing information to the media.
However, MDC councillors profusely protested and asked for the laws or regulations that stipulate that. They declared that they will invite and speak to the media on issues that affect their wards and the projects that they undertake.