MDC expels Vic Falls mayor

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THE opposition MDC has expelled embattled Victoria Falls mayor Somvelo Dhlamini from the party for violating party obligations and instructions.

Dlamini is embroiled in a corruption case where he stands accused of criminal abuse of office after he allegedly corruptly sold a residential stand to a local resident for US$20 000.

His trial is set to commence on March 10.

To compound matters, the ward nine councillor was also recently slapped with a $330 000 adultery lawsuit by Shaktya Nyathi, who accuses him of bedding his wife — Sithabile Sibanda — leading to the breakdown of the union.

In a letter dated February 24, MDC secretary-general Chalton Hwende informed Dhlamini of his expulsion from the party.

“This letter serves to inform you and confirm the termination by the National Council of your membership of the party with immediate effect as per the resolution of the National Council of November 23, 2018.

“Your expulsion is in terms of Article 5 11 (a) of the Movement for Democratic Change constitution as read with the unanimous National Council resolution.

“Consequently, the party is immediately invoking the provisions of section 278 (1) of the Zimbabwe Constitution as read with section 129 of the same to have you removed from the position of councillor of the Victoria Falls Municipality,” Hwende said in the letter.

Hwende later confirmed Dhlamini’s expulsion in an interview with the Daily News.

He said since 2018, the party has been engaging Dhlamini in vain after he was elected in defiance of an MDC council resolution.

The Victoria Falls mayor was voted into office in defiance of the party’s order to allow the preferred candidate and ward one councillor Margaret Varley to stand in for the MDC during mayoral elections.

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