High court nullifies election of Bulawayo deputy Mayor

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Hanganani Nleya

THE High Court has nullified the election of the deputy mayor of Zimbabwe’s second largest city, Bulawayo, Councillor Tinashe Kambarami.

Justice Thomson Mabhikwa on Thursday morning passed the ruling in a case in which 1893 Mthwakazi Restoration Movement Trust members were seeking an order nullifying his election as ward councillor, citing his criminal record.

The ruling by Justice Mabhikwa means Kambarami ceases to be both a councillor and the city’s deputy mayor.

Councillor Kambarami was in July last year convicted of theft by Bulawayo provincial magistrate, Ms Sharon Rosemani.

He was fined ZWL$80 or 18 days in prison for stealing an extension cord from an electrician he had hired to work at his offices. Recently, Kambarami as acting Mayor, was involved in an infamous fight with Bulawayo town clerk, Christopher Dube, whom he had suspended on allegations of abuse of office