Ben Manyenyeni Says He Did His Best But The MDC Councillors Voted ZANU PF Out Of Their Free Will
- Many people do not appreciate the importance of caucus meetings before the actual Council meeting
- The idea is to secure cohesion and one-ness on certain agenda items: The election of a mayor is an important decision in our partisan councils.
- I conducted the caucus vote for the Chitungwiza mayor’s re-run under the direction of the party’s deputy Shadow Minister.
- We consulted the Shadow Minister of Local Government at least 4 times in the 3 hours to clear our path.
- Democracy was at its prime: the guidance from the party was crispy clear: “Let every councillor speak out then vote by secret ballot”.
- The outcome belonged to the councillors (not the party) and the losing councillors accepted the process had no flaws.
- The councillors were not WHIPPED – they have given the mandate to vote their own person.
- The obligation to carry the consensus outcome through to council was compelling.
- It is a betrayal of the preceding process for any councillor to proceed to vote against their own collective decision.
- There are times when the party must crack the whip and bring discipline.
- There is still 4 years of this elected term to run – if not checked some embarrassing drama awaits these deployments.
By Ben Manyenyeni
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