Chingarande was recalled by Douglas Mwonzora in August 2021. MDC Alliance Midlands Provincial spokesperson Takavafira Zhou said Mwonzora’s party was confident of getting the post but failed to do so because of MDC Alliance's popularity in council. He said Mwonzora recalled Chingarande because he was angry because his party representatives did not land the deputy mayor post.  A few days prior to her recall, Melody Chingarande was elected Kwekwe deputy mayor making Kwekwe the first city in Zimbabwe to have a mayor (Councillor Angeline Kasipo) and a deputy who were both female. Chingarande joined an all female cast which included Cllr Kasipo, acting town clerk Dr [[Lucia Mnkandla[[, treasurer Rejoice Dandira and health director Dr Marry Muchekeza.
She replaced the late deputy mayor Shadreck Tobaiwa who succumbed to cancer in July 2021, leaving Kwekwe with 13 councillors. Chingarande’s election had its own share of controversy after a section of the councillors boycotted the election process accusing councillor Kasipo of failing to give notice for the election.
Five councillors under Douglas Mwonzora’s MDC-T boycotted the election and walked out of the meeting venue at the Civic Centre. Eight councillors including from MDC Alliance as well as the only Zanu PF representative, Maclean Nyamucherera were left to unanimously elect Chingarande. In an interview, Cllr Kasipo confirmed there was no notice given but said everything was done above board.