Harare Mayor Bernard Manyenyeni has been suspended for insubordination and failure to adhere to the Urban Councils Act.
This follows Manyenyeni’s refusal to reverse the recruitment of Mr James Mushore as Town Clerk, which the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, Cde Saviour Kasukuwere, said was not procedural.
Both Manyenyeni and Minister Kasukuwere have confirmed the suspension.
Cde Kasukuwere said the mayor was arrogant in insisting that Mushore should hold office despite advice from councillors and the council local board.
The grounds for your suspension are that you have, without legal basis, made an employment offer to a person for the position of Town Clerk without the necessary approval of the Local Government Board as required by the Urban Councils Act, as read with Section 265 (1)(b) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe. You went further and defied a lawfully given instruction by implementing a resolution that had been rescinded in terms of the Urban Councils Act,” Cde Kasukuwere told Manyenyeni.
He said the suspension stands pending some 45 days to institute a commission of inquiry to decide Manyenyeni’s suitability to be mayor, adding that during the period of suspension, he shall not receive any allowance and shall not carry out any council business within or outside council.
The minister also said Mushore is 59 and is scheduled to retire next year, adding that it does not make sense to employ such a candidate who will go with a full package.
Cde Kasukuwere later held a meeting with council workers’ representatives and discussed wide raging issues including the issue of salaries.
Some council workers have gone for six months without receiving their salaries.