Ex-mayor puzzled by eviction

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Former Gwanda mayor Lionel De Necker who was given a 90-day eviction notice to vacate a council house, is still waiting communication from the municipality over his fate, saying the eviction puzzled him.

Chief Reporter

According to a letter dated July 1, De Necker must leave the house at the end of next month.

Last week, he told the Southern Eye that all his bills were paid up.
“I was given the house, not as a mayor of Gwanda, but a resident of the town,” he said.

“I am still not sure what motivated council to hand me an eviction notice.
“There are former councillors who were also given houses in the town, but I am not certain whether they are also affected.

“However, I have communicated my position with council and went on to pay all my bills.”

De Necker was suspended in April 2011 without pay by Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo for allegedly defying a directive to appoint Priscilla Nkala as substantive chamber secretary for Gwanda Town.

Nkala has since been appointed with effect from August 15.