Bulawayo Deputy Mayor, Councillor Tinashe Kambarami, yesterday appeared in the High Court where he is fighting for his position at the Local Authority. This is after a political pressure group, 1893 Mthwakazi Restoration Movement Trust (MRMT), made an application seeking an order nullifying Kambarami’s election as ward councillor, citing his criminal record.
Kambarami was in July last year convicted of theft by Bulawayo provincial magistrate, Ms Sharon Rosemani, for stealing an extension cord from an electrician he had hired to work at his offices. He was fined $80 or 18 days in prison.
In her founding affidavit, Ms Dorothy Ndlovu, who is the MRMT’s secretary, said:
It has come to our attention as an organisation that the first respondent (Clr Kambarami) has a criminal record and should not have submitted his nomination papers to Zec.
He was charged and convicted of theft on July 27, 2018 under case number CRB1981/18,” she said.
The applicant observed that Kambarami, who is disqualified by the Urban Council’s Act to be a councillor, failed to disclose his criminal record to ZEC prior to his nomination in the run-up to the July 30 harmonised elections.
Opposing, Kambarami’s lawyers said the High Court had no jurisdiction over the matter since the application was an election petition which is supposed to be heard by the Electoral Court. They argued:
The Electoral Court, which existed through the General Notices, expired on December 31, 2018 and extending its tenure through this court would be improperly constituted.
Kambarami was also recently arrested for allegedly assaulting Town Clerk, Cristopher Dube.
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