BERNARD GABRIEL MANYENYENI
THE MINISTER OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT, PUBLIC WORKS AND NATIONAL HOUSING
ATTORNEY GENERAL OF ZIMBABWE
HIGH COURT OF ZIMBABWE
HARARE, 26 April 2016 & 11May 2016
L Uriri with D Hofisi & D Chimbwa, for the applicant
L T Muradzikwa, for the respondent
DUBE J: This case concerns the first respondent's power to suspend the applicant. The applicant launched this urgent application challenging the first respondent's act in suspending the applicant. The applicant seeks interim relief directing that the suspension by the first respondent of the applicant shall be of no force or effect and enabling that the applicant continues to carry out his duties as Mayor of the City of Harare and that the first respondent be barred from dismissing, suspending or engaging in any other activity with a view to removing the applicant from office pending resolution of the matter. The applicant is the Councillor for Ward 17. He is also the Mayor of Harare. The first respondent is the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, [hereinafter referred to as the Minister]. He is cited in his official capacity as the Minister responsible for the administration of the Urban Councils Act [Chapter 29: 15]. The second respondent is the Attorney General of Zimbabwe and is cited in his official capacity as the principal legal advisor to the Government of Zimbabwe.