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New mayor of Harare arrested for alleged corruption

Harare, Zimbabwe – The new mayor of Zimbabwe’s capital Harare has been arrested for alleged corruption, his lawyer said Thursday, as the top opposition figure’s party slammed the case as politically motivated.

Jacob Mafume – a prominent member of the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance – is accused of corruptly parcelling out residential plots of land, including to his sister, when he was a city councillor in 2010.

He was arrested late on Wednesday and is set to remain in custody until a first court appearance expected on Friday, Mafume’s lawyer Tonderai Bhatasara said.

Mafume “is facing criminal abuse of office charges relating to allocation of stands,” Bhatasara told AFP.

“The police are yet to establish some facts and issues relating to the matter.”

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