MUTARE City Council has reportedly been forced to invite fresh applications for the town clerk’s post after its shortlisted candidates were rejected by the Local Government Board (LGB).
BY KENNETH NYANGANI
Mayor Tatenda Nhamarare confirmed the development yesterday, saying the council was planning to re-advertise the post this week.
The three candidates whose CVs had been submitted to the LGB include current Rusape town secretary, Joshua Maligwa, Christian Sithole and Ronnie Dube.
“We are going to re-advertise for the town clerk’s position this week after the Local Government Board rejected the other two candidates and, as council, we decided to re-advertise for the post, as we were given that option,’’ he said.
“Ronnie Dube and Christian Sithole were rejected on various grounds and they were the two leading candidates on our list. Sithole, who was our number one, was said to be lacking senior managerial experience in local governance, while Dube reportedly has an unresolved disciplinary case against his ex-employer, Tsholotsho Rural District Council,’’ the mayor said.
“We decided not to give the job to persons who performed badly during the interview because we are hoping to come up with a best person and by the end of this year we are just hoping to finalise the matter,’’ he said.
The seat fell vacant after former town clerk, Obert Muzawazi quit the post early this year after being implicated in various financial misdemeanours during an audit sanctioned by Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere.
City engineer, Donald Nyatoti is the acting town clerk.