FORMER Chitungwiza Ward 25 councillor Frederick Mabamba has filed a High Court application challenging his expulsion.
Mabamba was expelled by Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo in May this year on charges of “gross mismanagement of council affairs” after he was implicated in several shady land deals in the dormitory town.
A government probe team found him guilty of illegally allocating 8 000 stands to desperate home seekers through his United We stand Housing Co-operative, in the process earning himself the “land baron” tag.
The local authority has since filed a High Court application to demolish some 14 000 houses that were illegally allocated in the town.
Incidentally, Mabamba’s court challenge came as the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) has formally declared the seat vacant and invited nominations for a by-election to be held on August 23.
In a statement yesterday, Zec said: “It is hereby notified in terms of section 121 A of the Electoral Act (Chapter 2:13) that a vacancy has arisen in Ward 25 of Chitungwiza municipality.
“The nomination court for purposes of receiving nominations of candidates for election as councillor for the aforementioned ward shall sit on Friday, July 25, 2014at the offices of the town clerk.”
Mabamba owns several properties in Chitungwiza with some of his commercial buildings and schools reportedly built at undesignated sites and without council approval.