GWERU: In a sudden twist of events, Gweru Mayor Josiah Makombe whose recall has remained under contest as involved parties keep battling their positions in the courts of law have stepped up the fight for his Mayoral sit by seeking MDC-T President Douglas Mwonzora’s arrest and has since filed a police report accusing him of perjury.
Makombe, through his lawyer Nqobani Sithole, said Mwonzora and party secretary-general, Paurina Mpariwa jointly lied under oath in a case before the Bulawayo High Court where the MDC-T leaders claimed they had not recalled him from office.
Circumstances leading to the new twist show that the decision to recall Makombe was passed on 10 December 2021. Makombe in a court interdict to stop his recall filed on 13 December told the court that he denied signing the recall papers on condition that they were issued on a Sunday which is not a formal working day nor had he been called for a hearing to answer for his supposed transgressions.
Responding to the interdict, Mwonzora and co-accused denied having recalled Makombe through court affidavits in possession of CommuTalk saying, ‘…nothing points to any deliberations, besides the mere say-so of the deponent that certain names were shouted out…we never expelled or recalled anyone…,’ reads parts of the affidavit.
This is also against Mwonzora’s sentiments during a telephone interview with CommuTalk in December where he accepted that they had recommended Makombe’s recall.
“We have as a party recommended that Mamkombe be recalled on basis that he is aligned to the Chamisa-led party. We have since sent the recommendations to the relevant offices and we await to hear their response,” Mwonzora said then.
City of Gweru Acting Town Clerk had also gone further to publish a notice of vacancy based on the Mwonzora led MDC recall letter.
“I wish to inform you that I am in receipt of a letter from the Movement for Democratic Change (T) stating that the following councilor has been expelled from the party, Josiah Makombe of Ward 2.
“In terms of Section 278(1) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe, as read with Section (1) (k) Ward 2 is now vacant. In terms of Section 121 of the Electoral Act, please proceed to inform the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission of this vacancy,” the notice reads.
The matter was recorded at Bulawayo Central Police Station under case CR 27 /01/22.
Makombe who was not available for comment has today reportedly filed an urgent interdict to stop replacements.