A social movement, 1893 Mthwakazi Restoration Movement (1893MRM) has approached the Bulawayo High Court seeking an order to have Bulawayo deputy mayor Councillor Tinashe Kambarami removed from office claiming he is unfit to hold the post.
1893MRM is challenging Cllr Kambarami`s elevation to the deputy mayor`s position arguing that he is a convicted criminal.
Kambarami is Ward 3 councillor and was elected on an MDC Alliance ticket.
The case is set to be heard on June 24, 2019.
1893MRM said it is challenging Cllr Kambarami`s position after gathering evidence from the courts and media that he was a convicted criminal with financial related charges including theft.
The social movement also cited that constitutional experts such as Professor Lovemore Madhuku, said legally Kambarami could only be removed from office through a court order.
“We are relieved that finally the case will be brought for hearing after eagerly waiting for the court date for the past four months.
“Our Movement, 1893MRM finds it criminal not only on the part of Kambarami but as well as the MDC Alliance which had an obligation to do reasonable or thorough background checks and declarations of the legal standings of all its nominated officials meant to run for office throughout Zimbabwe,” said 1893MRM.
“Clearly in the case of Kambarami, the MDC Alliance either turned a blind eye or colluded in the illegal nomination of Kambarami to represent the party both as councillor and ultimately as Deputy Mayor of Bulawayo. 1893 Mthwakazi Restoration Movement is seeking for Bulawayo public support in the case as this a matter of interest for all Bulawayo residents who were deceived into electing a criminal convict into office.”
In October last year, the MDC Alliance ordered Kambarami to step down from his post accused of defying party orders by contesting an imposed position that was supposed to be taken by Clr Ncube.
As pressure mounted, Kambarami verbally resigned from the Deputy Mayor position before he retained this same post uncontested.