Jacob Mafume

Harare Mayor Mafume says he has no data bundles for Council meeting

THE Harare City Council failed to convene a full council meeting again this Tuesday, with Mayor Jacob Mafume saying he and other council officials had no data bundles to hold the virtual meeting.

Mafume is quoted by The Herald acknowledging that council lack of a quorum to hold meeting as the council management had delayed in purchasing the data bundles.

“I am the one who actually postponed the meeting due to lack of a quorum due to the delays in the processing of data by management. The meeting has been rescheduled for next week to allow for the processing of data for the virtual meeting,” Mafume said.

But the Harare City Council spokesperson, Michael Chideme, was singing a different story. Chideme cited poor network connectivity for the postponement of this Tuesday’s meeting.

“Today’s full council meeting failed to proceed because there was no quorum due to connectivity issues. A date for the rescheduled meeting will be announced in due course,” he said.

Last week Tuesday, council also failed to meet. According to Chideme, last week’s meeting was postponed “to allow for more time for councillors to study and comprehend the full council minutes”.

The chaos, confusion and rot at the Council has been ongoing for long. Troubles started when the MDC-T led by Douglas Mwonzora, armed with court rulings, recalled elected Council officials, including Herbert Gomba and his deputy Enock Mupamawonde.

They were accused of siding with the rival MDC Alliance faction led by Nelson Chamisa.

As if that was not bad enough, Local Government and Public Works Minister July Moyo last year suspended Mafume both as a mayor and a councillor pending the outcome of his criminal trials for selling council stands to his sister and law firm’s secretary.

The other case involved bribing a potential key witness.

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