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Discord as Jacob Mafume bounces back as Harare Mayor

There is discord and chaos in the Citizens Coalition for Chang party after Jacob Mafume returned as the Mayor of Harare in a special session.

The mayor’s position fell vacant following the recall of Lovejoy Chitengu who had succeeded Ian Makone.

Mafume held the mayoral position before the August 23 general elections in a torrid term which saw him enduring persecution ranging from arrests to suspension.

The returning mayor is a founding member of the original Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) where he was expelled from the party in 2014 after he called for the resignation of party leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

His splinter group called the MDC Renewal Team later merged with other parties to form the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), led by Tendai Biti.

Suspicions that he is working in cahoots with Tshabangu are currently rife within opposition circles.

There were contradictions between him and the current spokesperson of CCC on how the election went on with the latter alleging that heavy police presence interfered with the voting process.

Mayor Mafume, however, said that the process went smoothly. Posting on X, he said that the councillors were in a jovial mood and were happy with everything.

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