BARELY a month after his election, Harare Mayor councillor Jacob Mafume has been recalled by his party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), a development that is likely to result in a fresh poll.
The recall of Clr Mafume, a lackey of the troubled MDC-Alliance, comes as efforts to restore sanity in the corruption reeking councils that are led by the opposition gather pace across the nation. It also comes as the legitimate leader of the MDC-T Dr Thokozani Khupe recalled 11 councillors in Harare Council last week.
In a letter seen by The Herald, PDP secretary-general Benjamin Rukanda said Mafume has ceased to represent the interests of the party, and therefore the recall.
“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,” reads part of the letter.
Apart from Clr Mafume, the other councillors who were elected under the PDP ticket, but are now deemed to have ceased to represent interests of the party are Bulawayo Ward 24 Clr Arnold Batirai Dube and Mutare ward 12 Clr Simon Chabuka.
The letter also affirms that PDP was a member of the MDC-Alliance which was formed in terms of the consultative agreement signed on August 5, 2017 for and on behalf of the party by Mr Tendai Biti.
The letter stated that under the agreement seven political parties entered into a pre-election agreement known as the Composite Political Agreement for purposes of conducting the 2018 elections.
“In terms of the said agreement the member parties retained their individual identities. Our party was the party to which these councillors belonged at the time of the 2018 elections,” reads the letter.
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