HARARE mayor Jacob Mafume was yesterday arrested for criminal abuse of office involving illegal parcelling of residential stands.
National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the arrest saying he was last night detained at Rhodesville Police Station.
“I can confirm his arrest over criminal abuse of office involving a residential stand. We will give more information about his arrest tomorrow (today),” said Asst Comm Nyathi.
The Herald last night heard that Mafume was involved in the illegal parcelling of stands in Harare and is alleged to have unlawfully allocated residential stands to his sister and secretary.
The stands are understood to be in Westlea, Harare.
Mafume, who is councillor for Ward 17, was elected mayor in September after Herbert Gomba was recalled by MDC-T.
The MDC councillor had earlier told HStv that he was tipped last week of his impending arrest over allegations of illegal land sales.
Meanwhile, In a statement, the MDC Alliance said: “In yet another case of persecution and weaponization of the law against MDC Alliance members, Harare Mayor [Jacob Mafume] has been arrested by [ZRP]. The charges against him are unclear.
“We know that his real offence was winning the mayoral vote for the MDC Alliance. The toxic politics of Zanu PF is aimed at persecuting those who openly display allegiance with President [Nelson Chamisa].
“They want to remove him and replace him with a Zanu PF proxy.”
In October this year, plain-clothes police officers swooped on Harare Town House and rounded up 21 councillors and three journalists attending a full council meeting.
The officials and journalist were later released on the same day without being charged.