Newly-appointed Masvingo mayor, Collen Maboke was voted in against party orders after being nominated and seconded by Zanu PF councillors.
This prompted protests from MDC Alliance supporters who were gathered outside and threatened to beat some of the city fathers for “selling out”.
Maboke won by seven votes to three against the preferred MDC Alliance candidate, Godfrey Kurauone.
The MDC Alliance had nominated Selina Maridza as the deputy, causing ructions in the party.
The opposition party last week summoned all the Masvingo councillors to a crisis meeting in Harare and accused them of forging an unholy alliance with Zanu PF.
“The party resolved that proper party procedures were not followed in the selection of the mayor. It was resolved that Maboke steps down,” he said.