Crime & Courts

Former Harare Mayor Gomba Released Without A Charge

By Court Reporter

Former Harare mayor Herbert Gomba, who is the Ward 27 councillor (CCC), was arrested on Wednesday morning and released later that day without a charge.

He was arrested by the police while officiating at a borehole commissioning ceremony in Glen Norah.

Gomba said he was released with the help of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR). He said:

We applied to the police to have our event with our partner China Aid which was donating four boreholes in my ward.

We made a follow-up to the police on Tuesday and they said we should continue with the event preparations and they were coming with our approval letter.

Police who were maintaining peace at the event came and started asking questions and nothing happened until police bosses called me aside, that is when I was arrested in the morning and taken to Glen Norah Police Station.

Gomba served as mayor of Harare from 2018 to 2020 before he was recalled by the MDC Alliance. He bounced back to Town House on a CCC ticket in by-elections held in 2021.

He has been a member of the Harare City Council since 2008 representing Ward 27, which covers parts of Glen Norah high-density suburb.

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