Harare mayor Jacob Mafume has permanently been ousted by Local Government Minister July Moyo allegedly at the behest of his former party, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) which allegedly accused the embattled city father of joining Nelson Chamisa’s Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC).
Minister Moyo declared a vacancy in Mafume’s council ward 17 in correspondence to the Harare Town Clerk dated March 28, 2022.
“I wish to inform you that I am in receipt of a letter from the People’s Democratic Party stating that the following councillor has ceased to be a member of the party through automatic termination of their membership as they have since joined Citizen Coalition for Change (CCC).
“In terms of Section 278 (1) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe, as read with section (1) (k), Ward 17 is now vacant.
“In terms of Section 121 of the Electoral Act, please proceed to inform the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission of this vacancy,” wrote Minister Moyo.
Mafume was elected mayor in September 2020, replacing Hebert Gomba who was recalled a month before.
But he was not given time to settle as he was suspended by the minister on alleged graft charges.
His return to office has been blocked on every turn by the Zanu PF minister who has confronted him with more suspension orders.