despite constituting a quorum because technocrats were not invited, The Midweek Watch can reveal.
Mberengwa Rural District Council allegedly blew more than US$6000 yesterday (Thursday) for the first ordinary full council meeting for this year, but councillors refused to go ahead with the meeting arguing that they needed all Government technocrats and chiefs to be present.
The Council pays for the allowances and all other related costs for the 37 councillors of Mberengwa which is one the biggest rural districts in the country.
Councillors argued that they wanted the technocrats to be in the meeting so that they guide them on technical issues although there is no law that provides for their mandatory presence in ordinary full council meetings.
Despite spirited efforts by the acting chief executive officer, Percy Mwedzi for the meeting to go ahead in order to reduce costs for the RDC which is facing serious financial problems, the majority of councillors vehemently refused to have the meeting go ahead without Government technocrats.
Mwedzi argued that the council will fork out another US$6000 for councillors to reconvene the meeting. The meeting was postponed to June 24, 2022
“The error has been noted and I suggest that we go ahead as the Act allows us to do so in the absence of the technocrats. All the councillors are present which means there is a quorum and the heads of departments will be invited in the next meeting as there are so many issues that need to be addressed in the council,” pleaded Mwedzi to no avail.
After the opening remarks by the Council chairperson, Nyembesi Shumba, Mberengwa District Development Coordinator, Vafias Hlabati raised a point of order and asked why heads of Governments departments were not invited.
The question sparked a heated debate between concillors and Council staff led by the acting CEO, with the majority of councillors concurring to postpone the meeting.
Mberengwa Residents and Ratepayers Association chairperson, Daniel Muhwededzi refused to comment on the matter.