The Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s wife died in a car crash in March this year. The suspension letter dated May 5, 2009, clearly stated the allegations that were levelled against Clr Mukorera.
The letter, which was signed by MDC-T Manicaland provincial chairman, Patrick Chitaka was copied to the provincial organising secretary, the Mutare mayor, Brian James, Prosper Mutseyami, and the party’s secretary for the Chikanga-Dangamvura District.
The letter read: “This letter serves to notify you of your immediate suspension from your current post with the MDC party structure for the following misdemeanors:
(1) you misappropriated food (raw beef, raw chicken, bread, sugar, cooking oil and a bucket full of cooked meat) meant for Manicaland Province mourners at the funeral of the late Mai Susan Tsvangirai.
(2) your behaviour as the deputy mayor of the City of Mutare has brought the party into disrepute, especially among your fellow councillors and the membership of the party.
(3) the Chikanga-Dangamvura District has written to me seeking your removal from the post of district organising secretary.” Chitaka also noted that Mukorera even returned to him some sugar, cooking oil and a bucket, which were part of the province’s investigations.
Chitaka also said he had received several reports-both oral and writen- about the missing food.
“I also interviewed you to hear your side of the story. You also returned to me some sugar, cooking oil and a bucket, which were part of our investigations. You also tried to return two whole hindquarters of beef to the provincial office.
This ‘replacement meat’ was rightfully declined by the security guard on duty that day. Your conduct and reactions to our investigations brought the good name of the party into disrepute,” Chikata noted.
Mukorera is also accused of having organised thugs to threaten and beat up other councilors in an effort to silence them about the issue. “You have also refused to respect decisions reached by majority consensus in the MDC councillors’ caucuses,” Chitaka wrote.
It however remained unclear whether Mukorera will continue hold his post as a councilor or deputy mayor in the MDC-T dominated council.
But sources within the council said there were already moves by other councillors to ouster him as the deputy mayor and possibly as a councillor.
However Mukorera could not be reached for comment.