HARARE mayor Jacob Mafume was arrested Wednesday evening on corruption allegations.
Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) national spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed confirmed the development.
“I can confirm he has been arrested by ooa special unit which is working in conjunction with Sacu. He is facing charges related to criminal abuse of office and more details will be availed tomorrow,” Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said, adding that Mafume was arrested by a special police unit working with the Special Anti-Corruption Unit (Sacu).
Mafume had earlier told HStv that he was tipped last week of his impending arrest over allegations of illegal land sales.
However, the charges preferred against Mafume have not yet been disclosed. In a statement, the MDC Alliance said:
In yet another case of persecution and weaponization of the law against MDC Alliance members, Harare Mayor [Jacob Mafume] has been arrested by [ZRP]. The charges against him are unclear.
We know that his real offence was winning the mayoral vote for the MDC Alliance. The toxic politics of Zanu PF is aimed at persecuting those who openly display allegiance with President [Nelson Chamisa].
They want to remove him and replace him with a Zanu PF proxy.
In October this year, plainclothes police officers swooped on Harare Town House and rounded up 21 councillors and three journalists attending a full council meeting.
The officials and journalist were later released on the same day without being charged.