Former Bulawayo deputy mayor, Tinashe Kambarami was on Wednesday afternoon ejected from council chambers by Bulawayo City Council security personnel after he turned up for a full council meeting.
The Supreme Court reinstated the former Ward 3 councillor as Bulawayo’s Deputy Mayor last week and he came for the full council meeting on the basis of the ruling.
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Deputy Mayor, Councillor Mlandu Ncube left his designated seat in the council meeting as Kambarami moved to occupy it, claiming it was rightfully his place.
The mayor, Cllr Solomon Mguni and the town clerk, Christopher Dube were however of the view that Kambarami no longer had any standing in the local authority. Kambarami said:
I have been reinstated, you all have the judgement, I am back in the. You are not above the law. The judgement was served to the Chamber Secretary (Mrs Sikhangele Zhou), she is aware of it, I am not going anywhere.
Cllr Mguni said Kambarami was an intruder and ordered security to remove him from the meeting. Said Mguni:
I think there is an intruder in the house, I will ask the chamber secretary to ask the colleague or the gentleman outside the room before we proceed, council has not received anything to the effect that he must be in attendance.
Whatever issues he has will be resolved outside the meeting. Chief security officer can you remove him before we proceed.
Ward 24 councillor, Arnold Batirai was reportedly the only one who voiced his support for Kambarami to attend the meeting.
Kambarami was later ejected from the council meeting by seven council security officers.
Kambarami was among seven councillors from Bulawayo who were recalled by the Douglas Mwonzora-led MDC-T.
He insisted that his case was different from the six other councillors and vowed to approach the courts to force Council to allow him to take back his seat.