Fidelis Munyoro Chief Court Reporter
HARARE City Council has, with immediate effect, appointed Engineer Hosiah Abraham Chisango as the substantive Town Clerk. Eng Chisango had been Acting Town Clerk since December last year. He replaces Dr Tendai Mahachi, who left council in 2014.
Harare Mayor Councillor Herbert Gomba announced Eng Chisango’s appointment at a Press briefing yesterday.
Clr Gomba said Eng Chisango has of late been at the forefront of the fight against the cholera outbreak and other emergencies.
“He will be seized with improving service delivery in key critical areas such as water, garbage collection and water management and the city’s human resources,” he said.
“He becomes the arrowhead of the team that is expected to deliver a world class city by 2025 and immediately the city’s 100-day transformational agenda.”
Eng Chisango excelled in the interviews carried out in July. He beat other contestants, among them former Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) finance director Mr Robert Mangwiro.
During the interviews Eng Chisango excelled because he had institutional memory of the organisation and local government experience, which is required for the council’s number one job.
The Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing last year made it clear that it wanted someone with local government experience to fill the vacancy.
Harare has been without a substantive town clerk for 31 months. The post fell vacant in 2014, following Dr Mahachi’s retirement.
Eng Chisango joined council as a trainee cadet in 1991 and rose through the ranks to land the council ‘s top job.
He is a holder of an MSc Integrated Water Resources Management (UZ), BSc Civil Engineering Honours (UZ), MSc Strategic Management and Corporate Governance (pending).
In addition, Eng Chisango is a corporate member of the Zimbabwe Institution of Engineers and member of the Institute of Management.