Former Harare mayor, Ben Manyenyeni, wife and maid have been admitted at a local hospital in the capital city Harare after being diagnosed with Covid-19.
“Friends, we’ve been struck by COVID-19, Fran was admitted yesterday together with our house help Tete Eunice, I have just been admitted into hospital. All 3 of us are having the best possible care and attention in the land, Manyenyeni posted on social media.
“I am the one with least issues (thanks to Sinopharm Verocell vaccines), Keep us in your prayers and thoughts.”
Manyenyeni, the former Mayor of Harare, is a Zimbabwean business executive, politician and MDC Alliance member.
As a businessman, his career spans over 25 years in the financial services sector, largely managing group pension funds.
He was the Mayor of Harare from 2013 to 2018. Manyenyeni was succeeded by Herbert Gomba in 2018.
In 2013 he was the councillor for Ward 17, Mount Pleasant. In September 2013 he was elected Mayor of Harare for a 5-year term beating Zanu-PF’s Musatye Gwasira by a margin of 31 votes. He succeeded Muchadeyi Masunda.
So, in 2016 he was suspended as mayor, arrested and rearrested, at the instigation of the Minister of Local Government, Saviour Kasukuwere and Jonathan Moyo. He was accused of various offenses, among them the (above) alleged unprocedural appointment of former NMB Bank chief executive James Mushore as the city’s town clerk by the Resolution of Council.
The victimization stemmed from inter-party rivalry between MDC-T and Zanu-PF over who would be the Harare Town Clerk. Manyenyeni challenged the suspension at the High Court. Manyenyeni sought the nullification of the suspension and for the court to bar Minister Kasukuwere from interfering with his operations as Mayor of Harare.