Dinha blocks town clerk reinstatement


Mashonaland Central governor, Martin Dinha, has been accused of blocking the reinstatement of embattled Bindura municipality town clerk, Paison Mugogo, who was cleared by the Labour Court on charges of incompetence.
Members of the Bindura Residents and Ratepayers’ Association have come out guns blazing against Dinha for allegedly being the orchestrator of Mugogo’s woes.
Mugogo was fired in March 2008 for alleged incompetence among other accusations, but successfully challenged his dismissal. But in spite of a court ruling reinstating Mugogo, the residents’ association claimed Dinha blocked the process by arguing it was not the duty of the association to enforce the court order. Armed with a court order which read in part: “The dismissal by applicant by 1st respondent (Bindura municipality) and 2nd respondent (Minister of Local Government) is hereby set aside.” The resident accompanied Mugogo to the council offices in a bid to make sure he was reinstated.
Three members of the association including its chairman Olley Mazorodze were arrested after Dinha protested.
They were released after paying a fine of $15 each. The association’s leaders were re-arrested on Sunday under unclear circumstatnces.
“Dinha and the police have blocked him (Mugogo) from assuming duty,” Mazorodze said. Dinha in an interview said Mugogo’s reinstatement was done in a “lawless” manner which he would not accept. He claimed members of the town’s residents’ association had forced their way into the council offices and installed Mugogo. “What I am saying as governor and resident minister is that I will not accept lawlessness. We have rule of law in Zimbabwe,” Dinha said
“If the town clerk wins a court case, he should follow legal procedures. We have people like Mazorodze disturbing council business and installing a town clerk. It is lawlessness.”
He added: “There is a deputy sherriff who, assisted by the police, should enforce court orders. It is not the duty of sponsored political hooligans.” But Mugogo’s lawyer, Kay Ncube, said his client was merely following a court order.
Ncube said those resisting his reinstatement were in contempt of the court. “When he (Mugogo) went to his office, he was simply doing what the court has ordered him to do,” Ncube said. “We will proceed by way of filing for contempt of court but the instruction I have at the moment is to recover arrears in salary and benefits.” According to his lawyers Mugogo is entitled to a salary and allowances running into thousands of dollars.