Recalled Mayor Storms Into Meeting
3 June 2021
Tinashe Kambarami

Chaos unfolded at Bulawayo’s Full Council Meeting Wednesday afternoon when former Ward 3 Councillor, Tinashe Kambarami turned up to take his position as deputy mayor after a Supreme Court ruling reinstated him.

However, the Supreme Court ruling was said to be ‘moot’ as Kambarami was recalled by his party the MDC-T.

Kambarami believes otherwise, arguing the recall is null and void as it happened after the city council had suspended him.

The drama started when Bulawayo mayor, Councillor Solomon Mguni arrived and said there was an “intruder” in the meeting.

“There is a misnomer, I think there’s an intruder in the house. Chamber Secretary, may you ask the colleague to leave the council,” he said while Kambarami interjected and claimed the council knew of the recent Supreme Court judgment.

In October 2019, MDC directed Bulawayo mayor Solomon Mguni to reinstate Kambarami despite a High Court ruling that his election was an illegality.

Yesterday, Kambarami reportedly verbally abused council officials who advised him to leave council chambers.

He said council should reinstate him as per the Supreme Court ruling, sparking commotion as security personnel ejected him.

Kambarami said Supreme Court judge Justice Nicholas Mathonsi ruled that he should be reinstated after his removal was set aside by the High Court.

“You want to touch me — touch me, we are going to fight. You want to fight me, you have been given a directive and you have lost. You must reinstate me,” Kambarami shouted at council security personnel before his ejection.

MDC Alliance Bulawayo provincial spokesperson Swithern Chirowodza said Kambarami had approached authorities demanding reinstatement.

Town clerk Christopher Dube, mayor Mguni and his deputy Mlandu Ncube were not reachable for comment. Newsday/CITE