Home Council “Bring It On” – Defiant Mafume dares MDC T

“Bring It On” – Defiant Mafume dares MDC T

by Kudakwashe Vhenge

By Lloyd Takawira

Newly elected Harare mayor Jacob Mafume has said covert operations by the MDC T to have him removed from his post will fail by operations of the law.

Mafume was elected Harare mayor last week trouncing MDC T candidate Luckson Mukunguma by 19 votes following the recall of former Mayor Herbert Gomba.

This comes after MDC T secretary general, Douglas Mwonzora said they are seeking to have Mafume’s election redressed.

Mwonzora earlier said that the illegality of Mafume being the Harare Mayor is one of the multi-pronged approach his party is going
to use to get a redress.”

However, speaking to a local radio station Mafume dismissed this arguing the MDC T was not interpreting the law correctly.

“The law says a mayor will be voted for at a special council meeting and that the candidate is voted by councilors. It is a secret ballot. The councilors that are in council are not known by political affiliation. A ZANU PF councilor could easily have become mayor. An independent councilor could (also) easily have become mayor. A mayor is voted for by councilors, period.

“A mayor is not brought into existence by any agreement. That is why a political party or person can easily and simply nominate anybody.
A mayor comes into existence by virtue of the provisions of the Local Government Act and not by any (other) agreement that you might have with somebody for any undue influence. A secret ballot is exactly
that; a secret ballot. It is not supposed to be influenced by anything (else); money, agreements or whatever process that is outside the conduct of that secret ballot,” he said.

However MDC T’s Morgen Komichi dismissed reports that the MDC T will recall MDC Alliance councilors arguing that as a party they do not want the council to be run by a commission appointed by the government.

Mafume a former PDP spokesperson led by Tendai Biti, won the Mt Pleasant councilor post under MDC Alliance. At one time, he was MDC Alliance spokesperson and national standing committee member.

Related Articles