George Maponga in Masvingo
Masvingo City Council has resolved to fire its suspended city Engineer Mr Tawanda Gozo after a disciplinary hearing found him guilty of a litany of charges, including failure to ensure reliable and quality water supply in the ancient city.
The decision to fire Engineer Gozo now awaits approval from the Local Government Board.
Engineer Gozo was hauled before a disciplinary hearing after his suspension in February this year for among other charges,failing to ensure the city had enough water quantities and the right quality.
According to a report written to Mayor Collins Maboke which was read before a special full council meeting held today to deliver the verdict of the disciplinary hearing today afternoon,Engineer Gozo was found guilty of all the charges.
The report says Engineer Gozo was charged and found guilty according to the Masvingo City Code of Conduct and the Urban Councils Act. The disciplinary hearing recommended that Engineer Gozo’s dismissal be effective from the date of his suspension.
Engineer Gozo’s world collapsed after the ancient city started encountering crippling water shortages coupled with poor quality prompting an outcry from miffed residents. Residents turned their guns on Council decrying poor water supplies which they claimed were unjustified since Masvingo draws its water from Zimbabwe’s second largest inland dam Lake Mutirikwi which has abundant supplies.