Mayor rumours are mischievous, says ANC

2011-01-19 12:29

The ANC in Mpumalanga has dismissed rumours that Mbombela executive Mayor Lassy Chiwayo has resigned as mischievous, but said Chiwayo had indicated that he did not wish to serve another term.

Luthuli House deployed Chiwayo to Mbombela in 2008 to stabilise the municipality following reports of wide scale corruption and malfunctioning.

He has, however, been harbouring ambitions of taking over as ANC provincial chairperson – an attempt that hit a snag as branches elected his rival, Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza, as chairperson in 2008.The two have been fighting ever since – and are leading factions within the ANC.

Chiwayo is a member of the ANC’s provincial executive committee and he has survived attempts by the ANC Ehlanzeni regional executive committee’s (REC) decision to fire him as mayor.

The REC falls in Mabuza’s camp.Provincial ANC spokesperson Paul Mbenyane said the party was aware of the rumours and dismissed them as “mischief”.“As far as we know, (Chiwayo) is still the mayor of Mbombela.

We have not received any letter or intention to resign from him,” Mbenyane said.

“We always receive letters from our deployees, and I can tell you now that a letter we have received from Chiwayo was sent to us about three weeks ago when he requested a meeting with the party.

And we’re not surprised because he always writes letters to us,” he added.

“It’s not true and not fair for people to say that. It is mischief.”

Chiwayo has, however, indicated to the ANC that he was not willing to come back as mayor and would wish to be relieved of his duties in March for a smooth hand over to the mayor who will take over after the local government elections this year, Mbenyane said.

Mabuza himself has been the subject of speculation that he had resigned when a letter suggesting so was circulated last year.

Journalist Mzilikazi wa Afrika and Mpumalanga civil servant Victor Mlimi were arrested by the Hawks for allegedly distributing the letter, but the charges were later withdrawn due to insufficient evidence.

Chiwayo could not be reached for comment., been harbouring ambitions of taking over as ANC provincial chairperson – an attempt that hit a snag as branches elected his rival, Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza, as chairperson in 2008.

The two have been fighting ever since – and are leading factions within the ANC. Chiwayo is a member of the ANC’s provincial executive committee and he has survived attempts by the ANC Ehlanzeni regional executive committee’s (REC) decision to fire him as mayor.

The REC falls in Mabuza’s camp.Provincial ANC spokesperson Paul Mbenyane said the party was aware of the rumours and dismissed them as “mischief”.

“As far as we know, (Chiwayo) is still the mayor of Mbombela. We have not received any letter or intention to resign from him,” Mbenyane said.

“We always receive letters from our deployees, and I can tell you now that a letter we have received from Chiwayo was sent to us about three weeks ago when he requested a meeting with the party.

And we’re not surprised because he always writes letters to us,” he added.“It’s not true and not fair for people to say that. It is mischief.”

Chiwayo has, however, indicated to the ANC that he was not willing to come back as mayor and would wish to be relieved of his duties in March for a smooth hand over to the mayor who will take over after the local government elections this year, Mbenyane said.

Mabuza himself has been the subject of speculation that he had resigned when a letter suggesting so was circulated last year.

Journalist Mzilikazi wa Afrika and Mpumalanga civil servant Victor Mlimi were arrested by the Hawks for allegedly distributing the letter, but the charges were later withdrawn due to insufficient evidence.

Chiwayo could not be reached for comment.

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