Harare Mayor councillor Jacob Mafume has been recalled by his party the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), barely a month after being elected into office.
The development was announced in a letter to the Minister of Local Government, July Moyo by PDP secretary-general Benjamin Rukanda who said Mafume has ceased to represent the interests of the party. Reads the letter in part:
Following the resolution of the national executive committee of our party held on September 12, 2020 we hereby notify your good office and also declare in terms of section 278 as read with section 129 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe that the following councillors cease to belong to the People’s Democratic Party.
Other councillors that were recalled include Bulawayo Ward 24 Clr Arnold Batirai Dube and Mutare ward 12 Clr Simon Chabuka.
The letter also notes that as per the MDC Alliance agreement of 2017, the (7) member parties retained their individual identities adding that the recalled councillors belonged to PDP at the time of the 2018 elections.
Minister Moyo reportedly frustrated efforts by MDC Alliance vice president, Tendai Biti to block the recall saying he recognised the Rukanda faction led by Mrs Lucia Matibenga.
Mafume was seconded for the Mayoral post as MDC Alliance’s strategy to prevent recalls by Thokozani Khupe the reinstated MDC-T leader who has been recalling councillors and legislators aligned to Nelson Chamisa.
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