By Hileni Nembwaya
AN elected local authority councillor representing the Rally for Democracy and Progress party (RDP) at Helao Nafidi town council, Vilho Shimoushili claims to be mistreated, discriminated and isolated under the leadership of Mayor, Elias Nghipangelwa.
According to a letter to Nghipangelwa from Shimoushili, earlier in November he states that his contributions as a councillor are not taken into account although he feels some of them are of importance.
“As a result I am feeling very much uncomfortable, frustrated, disturbed and discouraged by Helao Nafidi town council practices during our deliberations. My contributions as an elected councillor are not taken into account although they are of importance,” states Shimoushili.
He further states that the chamber has also denied him an opportunity to appoint one person to be responsible for a specific task in a certain suburb yet other councillors have been granted that opportunity as per the council’s mandate.
“Is it worth it for me as an additional member to contribute to the deliberations of this chamber if they are not taken into consideration and sometimes regarded as baseless? Is it Helao Nafidi town council policy that if a councillor is from a different political party … cannot be awarded that opportunity to appoint or give a contractor who has recruited others in order to carry out specific duties?” questioned Shimoushili.
Contacted for comment, Nghipangelwa refuted the allegations.
“Yes, I have received the letter and those allegations are not true, because I do not know how he has been mistreated. Ask him for evidence. Shimoushili talks like he is not a councillor because in the chamber, we resolve matters according to the majority rule. All decisions made in the chamber are decided on by the councillors. He also seems not to be adhering to the code of conduct of the council and personnel rules,” said Nghipangelwa.
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