Bulawayo Ward 24 councillor Arnold Batirai has been recalled from council.
Local government minister July Moyo notified the Bulawayo City Council (BCC) in a letter dated 29 March 2022.
The recall had been triggered by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) arguing that Batirai had ceased to be a member of the party after he joined the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC).
“I wish to inform you that I am in receipt of a letter from the People’s Democratic Party stating that the following Councillor has ceased to be a member of the Party through automatic termination of their membership as they have since joined Citizen Coalition for Change (CCC),” said Minister Moyo.
He said in terms of section 278 (1) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe, as read with Section (1) (K), ward 24 is now vacant.
“In terms of section 121 of the Electoral Act, please proceed to inform the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) of this vacancy,” said Minister Moyo.
PDP now led by Lucia Matibenga, this week, also recalled former Harare Mayor Jacob Mafume.