Harare Mayor Jacob Mafume has declared that he has once again bounced back at the Town House after his 45-day suspension lapsed Friday.
Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister, July Moyo, suspended Mafume in December, for the 4th time, accusing him of gross misconduct and incompetence.
Mafume’s lawyer Tonderai Bhatasara on Thursday wrote to acting town clerk Phakamile Moyo informing him that Mafume was resuming his duties after the expiry of the 45-day suspension. Bhatasara wrote:
We write to advise that our client’s suspension by the honourable minister through a letter dated December 17, 2021, has lapsed following the expiring of the statutory 45 days.
Accordingly, by operation of law, our client has reverted to the status before his suspension as mayor of the City of Harare. Our client has written this letter to advise that communication and notices of meetings be brought to his attention as required by law. This is a courtesy letter. Our client will be attending to his duties with effect Friday, February 4, 2021.
Mafume approached the High challenging his suspension. MDC-T councillor Steward Mutizwa was the acting mayor.