Gweru Commission Dithering Over New Town Clerk Appointment

By Sydney Gokomere

Gweru, October 26, 2016 – THE Gweru City Council is still to recruit a substantive Town Clerk, four months after it advertised for the post following the dismissal of Daniel Matawu over allegations of incompetence.


Matawu was fired in mid July after being found guilty of gross incompetence and neglecting duties.

A week later during the same month, the commission running the affairs of council called for a press conference where they announced it was looking for a new town clerk.


Despite the post being advertised in the press in July, no substantive Town Clerk has been recruited to date.

“The position requires a person with proven skills in strategic planning and management and must have the ability to plan and manage change,” read part of the job requirements in the July advert.


Although commission chairperson, Tsunga Mhangami had indicated that the local authority was keen to fill key posts with substantive heads including that Town Clerk, finance director, Edgar Mwedzi is still acting in that capacity.


To date, council has recruited substantive directors of health, engineering, housing and community services in line with Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere’s directive to do so.


Mhangami was not available for comment on Wednesday.

Matawu has since challenged his dismissal at the Labour Court and the outcome of the appeal is still pending.


In March this year, Matawu and mayor Hamutendi Kombayi appeared in court on criminal abuse of office and theft allegations involving $ 8 733.


The duo was however removed from remand after provincial magistrate Pathekile Msipa indicated that the state was failing to provide a trial date, an indication that it was not ready to prosecute.