Chi’town clerk refuses to vacate office

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Embattled Chitungwiza town clerk Godfrey Tanyanyiwa has refused to vacate office following his suspension last month over poor service delivery.

As a result, Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo has set up a probe team to investigate the matter, among many other issues that have resulted in service delivery plummeting to an all-time low.

Mayor, Philemon Chipiyo confirmed Chombo had set up a 14-member team to probe Tanyanyiwa’s alleged refusal to vacate office following his suspension for mismanagement of council resources, including financial misappropriation, among other issues.

Chipiyo said: “The investigation team is here and they have started their work. All the questions you are asking me will be addressed by the team that is doing the investigations.”

He was responding to questions on how council was handling Tanyanyiwa’s case.

The council is haggling over the suspension of Tanyanyiwa, who was reportedly forced out by a special council resolution passed in December last year.

Chombo was not immediately available for comment as he was unreachable since yesterday morning while Tanyanyiwa was not picking up his phone.

But a source within the council told NewsDay: “The 14-member team has started the probe that is set to end on Friday, and heads will roll.

We suspended the town clerk, but it seems there are some councillors within who want to protect him for their own personal gains and we hope the probe team will expose all sorts of ills that have been happening in the council.”

The whole Chitungwiza council was fired by the MDC-T on allegations of corruption in 2009, but most of the councillors have appealed against the decision.