Mafume remains Harare Mayor after High Court halts recall

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Mafume remains Harare Mayor after High Court halts recall

THE High Court has interdicted the Local Government and Public Works Minister July Moyo from recalling the recently elected Harare Mayor Jacob Mafume.

The interdict bars Moyo from recalling Mafume and orders the reinstatement of Bulawayo Councillor, Arnold Batirayi and Mutare Councillor, Simon Chabuka.

One Benjamin Rukanda who was purported to be recalling the councillors, did not attend the hearing, nor was he represented.

Moyo and Harare City Council have consented to the legally binding orders.

MDC Alliance vice-president Tendai Biti and PDP had approached the courts after Moyo indicated he recognised a letter recalling Mafume from a faction led by Lucia Matibenga.

Mafume rose to the highest post in the Harare City Council on September 3 after emerging victorious in the Harare Mayoral elections, edging MDC-T nominee Luckson Mukunguma by 19 votes to 14.

There was one spoilt ballot when Harare City councillors met to choose Hebert Gomba’s successor.

In his acceptance speech, Mafume paid tribute to residents and councillors for the vote of confidence, promising to deliver on his mandate.

The elections came as the Thokozani Khupe led MDC-T recalledGomba and five councillors last week insisting they had ceased to be members of the MDC.

MDC-T secretary general Douglas Mwonzora said he derived the authority to recall the councillors basing on the Supreme Court of Zimbabwe judgement in SC 56/20.

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