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Harare braces for fourth mayoral election after Chitengu’s recall

by Bustop TV News

The City of Harare is in for another round of mayoral elections as Lovejoy Chitengu’s brief stint as mayor comes to an end.

Local Government Minister Winston Chitando confirmed Chitengu’s removal, citing his recall by Sengezo Tshabangu, who claims to be the interim secretary general of the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC).

This latest twist in Harare’s political drama marks the fourth mayoral change since August, leaving the city in a state of flux.

Chitengu was elected councillor in August, and faced a recall attempt by Tshabangu in November. A spelling error in his name on the official notice initially saved him, allowing his election as mayor.

Despite the initial hiccup, Chitengu’s victory was short-lived. With the name error rectified, the minister confirmed his removal, triggering a new election.

Chitando provided clarification in a letter dated December 11 to the town clerk of Harare:

“Reference is made to… our minute to yourselves dated November 13; your minute to ourselves dated November 16 and the received communication from Citizens Coalition for Change dated November 26 on the matter of Lovejoy Chitengu who has ceased to be a member.

“In terms of section 278(1) of the constitution of Zimbabwe as read with section 129(1)(k), ward 36 is vacant.

“Please proceed to inform the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission of the vacancy.”

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