Mafume bounces back as Harare Mayor by defeating Chamisa’s ally

Harare Mayor Jacob Mafume
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IN WHAT is seen as a clear internal Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) rebellion against the embattled leader Nelson Chamisa, Jacob Mafume has defeated Elvis Ruzani, who is Chamisa’s handpicked caucus choice, by 22 to 15 votes, in a hotly contested poll to reclaim Harare’s mayoral seat.

ZanuPF’s Temany Utete received 4 votes!

Mafume, who was mayor before the recent August general elections and was arrested before for alleged criminal abuse of office prior to that amid suspension, gave his acceptance speech at Town House in the capital.

Mayor Mafume was elected having been overlooked twice after the August harmonised elections amid allegations of being condemned by Mr Chamisa who views him as a close ally to his political rivals.

He now replaces recalled Mayor Lovejoy Chitengu who was in office for barely a month taking over from Ian Makone who had also been recalled due to serious infighting and divisions rocking the faction-torn opposition party.

A lawyer by profession, Mafume is popular among Harare residents for his robust and fearless leadership.

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