Jacob Mafume

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Jacob Mafume
EducationUniversity of Zimbabwe
  • Politician
Known forBeing a Politician
Political partyMDC Alliance

Jacob Mafume (also Jacob Mapfume) is a member of the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC), formerly with People's Democratic Party, formerly the MDC Renewal Team, party where he was the party spokesperson. He was elected Mayor of Harare on 3 September 2020 to replace Herbert Gomba who was recalled from his position by MDC-T.

Personal Details

His mother was Maina Mawoneyi Mafume. She died in the early morning of 17 March 2023 at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals after a long battle with heart disease.[1]

School / Education

Jacob Mafume studied at Gokomere High School before enrolling at the University of Zimbabwe where he studied for a Bachelor of Law from 1996 to 2000. [2][3]

Service / Career


Mafume is a lawyer with Mapunga Bhatasara Attorneys.[3] He once worked for Retina Properties and Norwegian organisation Studentene og Akademikernes Internasjonale Hjelpefond.[2]


Despite being a founding member of the original MDC [4] Mafume was expelled from the Movement for Democratic Change - Tsvangirayi (MDC-T) after he called called for the resignation of party leader Morgan Tsvangirai together with Elton Mangoma, Promise Mkwananzi and Last Maengahama.[5]

In the 2013 Elections, (see A History of Zimbabwean Elections) Harare South returned to Parliament:

  • Shadreck Mashayamombe of Zanu PF with 20 069 votes or 29.03 percent,
  • Jacob Mafume of MDC–T with 7 472 votes or 25.70 percent,
  • Cleopas Dube of MDC–N with 772 votes or 5.37 percent,
  • 1 other with 174 votes or 0.60 percent.

Total 29 074 votes

He is also a former University of Zimbabwe students’ union’s secretary general. [4] He holds the position of Deputy Secretary for Local Government in the MDC Alliance. He was elected councilor for Harare Ward 17 (Mt Pleasant) on an MDC Alliance ticket during the July 2018 elections. He was elected Harare Mayor on 3 September 2020 replacing Herbert Gomba. [6]

2018 – elected to Ward 17 Harare Municipality with 4602 votes, beating Evan Mawarire, independent with 2173 votes, Abiyudi Chikandamarango of Zanu PF with 1915 votes and John Morris of ZDU with 72 votes. [7]



Harare Mayor Jacob Mafume was arrested by the Special Anti-Corruption Unit (SACU) on 25 November 2020 for criminal abuse of office involving illegal parcelling of residential stands. National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the arrest saying he was detained at Rhodesville Police Station. It was said 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.[8]


29 January 2021 - Suspended. [[3]]

Pomona Dump deal

In May 2022, Mayor Jacob Mafume described the deal as “atrocious”. [9]
. How can the Landlord (Harare City council) pay the tenant (GeoGenix), it is absurd. The company should, instead pay rentals for its factory or still buy the refuse from us Mafume fumed. [10]

Council resolves to cancel deal, August 2022

In August 2022, Harare City Council resolved to cancel the Pomona waste management deal. They also disregarded Local Government minister July Moyo’s order that council pay a US$1,5 million bill due to Geogenix BV for services rendered in May and June at the Pomona waste management energy plant. Mayor Jacob Mafume confirmed that the local authority had cancelled the Pomona deal, saying Moyo must go to court if he was unhappy.

A week before, Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA) filed an urgent High Court application seeking an order to set aside a resolution to use the city’s devolution funds to pay Georgenix. CHRA was represented by Archford Rutanhira and Evans Moyo of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR). [11]

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Further Reading



  1. Gogo Maina Mafume Dies, Facebook, Published: 17 March 2022, Retrieved: 17 March 2023
  2. 2.0 2.1 Jacob Mafume About, Facebook, published: No Date Given, retrieved: July 5, 2016
  3. 3.0 3.1 mafume jacob, LinkedIn, published: No Date Given, retrieved: July 5, 2016
  4. 4.0 4.1 Cyril Zenda, MDC-T is malicious, vindictive: Renewal Team, Financial Gazette, published: March 26, 2015, retrieved: July 5, 2016
  5. Paidamoyo Muzulu, Updated: Mangoma summarily expelled from MDC-T, NewsDay, published: April 11, 2014, retrieved: July 5, 2016
  6. [1], 3-Mob, Published: 3 September, 2020, Accessed: 3 September, 2020
  7. [Election Notice, Electoral Act, Chap 2:13, Local Authority Elections 30 July 2018: Results of Poll], The Herald & Chronicle, Published: 30 August 2018
  8. [2], The Herald, Published: 26 November, 2020, Accessed: 26 November, 2020
  9. Pomona scandal: Moyo forced HOC to pick SA company, dribbled past PRAZ, Nehanda Radio, Published: 24 May 2022, Retrieved: 25 May 2022
  10. Wastegate- A $300 million scandal unfolding in Harare, Zimbabwe Morning Post, Published: 22 May 2022, Retrieved: 24 May 2022
  11. Harare cancels Pomona waste deal, Newsday, Published: 7 August 2022, Retrieved: 20 April 2023
  12. 2018 Harmonised Elections Results, Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, Published: 6 August 2018, Retrieved: 6 May 2020

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