“We are seeking the opinion of the court on whether the minister’s actions are within the law,” Sibanda said.
He had earlier on defended the move by councillors, arguing that Dlamini was reinstated as councillor, not mayor.
“The former mayor was reinstated to be councillor and not mayor. Mayorship is acquired through election bycouncillors. The duly-elected mayor of Victoria Falls Municipality is Rich Mguni,” he said.
Dlamini yesterday said he had started work and had access to his office and mayoral vehicle.
“I am back in the office today. I am raring to go and serve our people. My replacement was illegal. I am happy thedust has settled after the minister’s intervention. We should now put politics aside and work to provide services toresidents and fulfil the mandate they have on us,” he said.
Moyo wrote to the municipality on Tuesday nullifying an election conducted by 10 councillors which removedDlamini and replaced him with Mguni last Thursday.
The Local Government minister in a letter dated May 12 said: “In terms of section 316, I hereby order that the election of a new mayor of Victoria Falls is nullified and Dlamini continues in the office of mayor.”
Moyo reinstated Dlamini as a councillor for ward 9 last week, guided by a letter written to him by Mwonzora, who is secretary-general of the MDC-T, as per a recent Supreme Court ruling which recognised Thokozani Khupe as the acting party leader. Dlamini had been in the political wilderness since February 24 when the MDC Alliance leadership expelled him on allegations of disrespecting the party.
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