MUTARE City Council’s top executives have described the selection panel that recently conducted interviews for the town clerk’s post as technically incompetent for the task.
BY KENNETH NYANGANI
This came after the panel had already shortlisted three candidates — current Chegutu town clerk, Alexio Mandigo, Bindura chamber secretary, Evelyn Madziire and Rusape town secretary, Joshua Maligwa — and submitted their names to the Local Government Board for final selection.
The selection panel comprised of mayor Tatenda Nhamarare (chairperson), his deputy Collen Mukwada and heads of general purpose, finance, public works, environmental, health and services committees, among others.
A senior council employee, who declined to be named, yesterday said he had received complaints from the prospective candidates over the panellists’ lack of technical expertise and professional attributes.
The source said the council should have at least hired a consultancy firm with experience to conduct interviews for the public officials.
“They are not technically competent to assess anyone for the position of chief executive officer, who is the town clerk, where the minimum qualification is a degree and a master’s degree and 10 years’ experience in a senior position,’’ he said.
Another council executive added: “I understand some of the councillors have no technical ability, they interviewed people who are more educated than them. They should have hired a human resources consultant for the interviews, who then hands over the names to council for consideration.
“They should have copied Harare City Council, which normally hires a human resources consultant. Just look at big companies like Air Zimbabwe, they have experienced staff, but they do hire private consultants whenever they want to recruit,” he said.
Nhamarare yesterday refused to comment on the matter.