Harare Mayor Jacob Mafume Back At Town House
19 August 2021
Harare mayor Jacob Mafume (MDC Alliance), who was suspended last December by Local Government minister July Moyo, is back in office.
Councillor Stewart Mutizwa had been acting Harare mayor since Mafume's suspension and it is not clear who is in charge at Town House between the two.
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Mafume returned to work on Monday and held several meetings, including a presentation on Sunshine Holdings projects with former Harare mayor Muchadeyi Masunda. He told NewsDay on Wednesday:
I am back in the office now. My suspension ended.
Mafume was suspended last year following his arrest on criminal abuse of office allegations relating to improper allocation of residential stands, charges that he denies.
Former mayor Herbert Gomba (MDC Alliance), who was elected mayor in 2018, but was recalled by the MDC-T, is also facing criminal charges.
He was succeeded by Mafume before his suspension. Luckson Mukunguma took over as acting mayor and was also suspended.
NewsDay reported sources at Town House as saying Mutizwa was the preferred choice of government officials, adding that it was only a matter of time before Mafume was “dealt with”.
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