LGB challenged on Harare town clerk post

Harare City Council has engaged lawyers to challenge the Local Government Board’s order compelling the municipality to re-advertise the town clerk’s post.


Mayor Bernard Manyenyeni yesterday said he has had a meeting with council’s attorneys with a view to challenge the LGB’s decision to disqualify all the three names submitted by the local authority for consideration. These were MDC-T top official, Tapiwa Mashakada, Gweru town clerk Elizabeth Gwatipedza as well as Harare human resources director Cainos Chingombe.

“I have briefed our lawyers (council lawyers) for action. As resolved by council we are running a parallel route in a better political environment to test the constitutionality of either side of the argument,” Manyenyeni said.

“Devolution, though amplified in the Constitution of Zimbabwe, continues to be an alien to the Local Government Board.”

Council has on two occasions failed to hire the town clerk since the departure of Tendai Mahachi in 2014, as the LGB and the Local Government, Public Works and National Housing ministry repeatedly turned down candidates nominated by the local authority.

“We are closing the receipt of applications next week, but we are getting encouraging numbers,” Manyenyeni stated.

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