Kadoma town clerk Malvin Dondo is set to get a golden handshake after the local authority last month resolved to fire him for alleged incompetence.
Council sources who refused to be named told NewsDay that Dondo began serving his three- month notice from August 1 following the full council resolution to dismiss him.
The local authority has offered Dondo a golden handshake for the nine years he served Kadoma in various capacities, first as chamber secretary and later as town clerk.
“Dondo will be given $30 000, a council house, his official vehicle (an Isuzu twin-cab bought last year), and a commercial stand, among other benefits, bringing his package to more than
$100 000,” the council source said.
Although Mayor Peter Matambo could not divulge the exact figures, he confirmed Dondo would get a house, a stand and a car over and above the cash payout.
He also said Dondo was leaving following a mutual agreement to terminate his contract with the local authority.
“He was not fired from council, but there was a mutual termination of contract after both parties agreed that it was in their best interests to end the relationship. We now await confirmation of the move from the Local Government Board (LGB),” Matambo said.
The award, although still to be approved by the LGB, has already angered Kadoma Marketing (Kama) workers, a subsidiary of council, who have not been paid their salaries or retrenchment packages since February this year.
Kama workers’ committee chairperson Godfrey Manika said council had failed to pay their salaries and/or packages, arguing that the local authority was cash-strapped yet they could get that amount of money to pay Dondo.
“We are obviously not happy to hear this. How and where is council going to find that kind of money when they have told us there is no cash? This means some people are more important than others,” he said.