SUSPENDED Gweru mayor Hamutendi Kombayi says he is not on the run, but is in the United Kingdom, seeking medication, although he declined to disclose the nature of his ailment.
by Stephen Chadenga
“I am here (UK) for medical review,” he said yesterday without elaborating.
Kombayi’s remarks follow speculation he was on the run after council won a High Court order, compelling him to surrender his mayoral Mazda BT50 twin cab and mayoral garb at the end of last month.
Since his suspension, Kombayi has been holding on to the car and mayoral garments, arguing he could not surrender them as he had not been fired, but was only suspended.
The outspoken mayor, together with 18 councillors, were suspended by Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere three months ago on allegations of corruption and maladministration, charges they deny.
Hamutendi is the youngest son of the late businessman and Gweru’s first black mayor, Patrick Kombayi.
He was born in the UK at the height of the liberation struggle in the 1970s.