Harare city director returns to work

Source: Harare city director returns to work | Sunday Mail (Local News)

Sunday Mail Reporter

DISMISSED Harare City Council human capital and development director, Dr Cainos Chingombe, will soon resume duties at Town House after the Labour Court ruled that his contract was unlawfully terminated.

Dr Chingombe was suspended in 2017 before being reinstated in November last year and subsequently fired a few months later. In his ruling, Labour Court judge Justice Custom Kachambwa said Dr Chingombe’s dismissal was defective at law.

“The application (to dismiss Dr Mangombe) is defective. It should have attached the intended application for leave to appeal. Secondly the founding affidavit and the draft are at large, they are not in sync. There is no application before the courts. It is accordingly ordered that the application be and is hereby struck off with costs.”

Professor Lovemore Madhuku represented Dr Chingombe while Mr Tafara Goro of Mbidzo, Muchadehama and Makoni represented Harare City Council.  Asked when Dr Chingombe would resume duties, Harare Mayor Councillor Stewart Mutizwa said he will act on the matter soon.

“I cannot confirm the dates, but we will act after studying all the processes that need to be done,” he said yesterday.

Prior to his axing, Dr Chingombe was in the running to be Harare City Council’s Town Clerk.

Harare is still without a substantive Town Clerk, with Engineer Phakamile Moyo acting in that capacity.

The Town Clerk’s post has become a poisoned chalice since the start of the year following the arrest of the incumbent, Hosiah Chisango, who was suspended from the post.

After Chisango’s suspension, Engineer Zvenyika Chawatama assumed the position but he fought running battles with the police, who accused him of appointing himself.

Harare City Council health services director Dr Prosper Chonzi was then appointed acting town clerk but he refused to take up the hot seat, leading Eng Moyo to take over.