The MDC Alliance led Victoria Falls council has been accused of defying party orders after they selected Somvelo Dlamini instead of Margaret Varley. Dhlamini has been summoned to the party’s offices in Hwange to answer allegations of insubordination and faces possible expulsion or suspension from the party. MDC Alliance provincial party secretary-general, Mxolisi Ndlovu, told NewsDay,
We convened a meeting with them at our Hwange offices because we wanted to know what transpired since the day of swearing-in, we were not there. We only attended the first one and on the second, we suddenly heard that they had been called in for another swearing-in ceremony. So we wanted them to tell us their story so that, in turn, we inform the national executive, but I cannot pre-empt anything before the president (Chamisa) receives the report.
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We summoned them as councillors because it was collective defiance what they did. We have our own guidelines and if you go against them, honestly no one accepts that. In our organisation, we stand by our rules and the rule was to have Varley as a mayor and him as a deputy.