Harare Mayor says he was pressured to reinstate town clerk

via Harare Mayor says he was pressured to reinstate town clerk | SW Radio Africa by  Tererai Karimakwenda on Monday, February 10, 2014

The Mayor of Harare may have been pressured to comply with a directive from the Local Government Minister, Ignatius Chombo, which ordered him to reinstate the suspended Town Clerk Tendai Mahachi.

Mayor Bernard Manyenyeni said “it became necessary” to go against his original decision to suspend Mahachi but added that he was “obviously not happy” he had done so. The mayor would not be drawn to discuss the reasons why it had become necessary, but admitted there were things he could not say and that were “not possible to tell the whole world”.

He added: “Tell all the stakeholders that nothing has changed and their support should not disappear. We had to do what we had to do and expect those who sympathize with the decisions and what needed to be done to continue doing so.”

Manyenyeni suspended Mahachi in January after the town clerk failed to comply with a Council resolution to provide the salaries and benefits schedule of all Harare City Council senior employees, including his own.

The suspension was intended to facilitate investigations into Mahachi’s conduct, as well as the finances of the Harare Council. But just two days later Chombo ordered the Mayor to re-instate him.

Acting as a resident of Harare, angry lawyer Tawanda Zhuwarara approached the High Court seeking an order declaring Chombo’s directive illegal. Through his lawyer Bellinda Chinowawa, he argued that Chombo’s powers in terms of the Urban Councils Act only applied to the Council, and not to Mayoral decisions.

But Zhuwarara was not aware that Mayor Manyenyeni had already ordered Mahachi back to work “with immediate effect”, and the High Court on Friday dismissed his application, citing the Mayor’s compliance as reason for dismissal.
Meanwhile, Robert Mugabe’s spokesman, George Charamba, was back in the news again with fresh allegations that he had lied about his salary as a board member at the shamed Premier Services Medical Aid Society (PSMAS).

After being exposed, Charamba claimed that he was the least paid person on the eight-member board. But it has emerged he was actually one of the highest paid, earning over $100,000 last year.

According to the Zimbabwe Independent newspaper, Charamba’s board payments ranked fourth highest at the medical aid society, with the highest earner being board member George Chaburuka, who made over $200,000.

And as the salary scandals continue it has also emerged that the suspended Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation chief executive officer, Happison Muchechetere, also paid himself $90,000 in yearly bonuses.

This was in addition to the monthly $40,000 salary he was earning, while workers at ZBC went without wages for seven months, according to the Daily News on Sunday newspaper.

The issue of exorbitant salaries being paid to government employees and executives at parastatals has dominated the headlines in the last few weeks, with the state-run media exposing several senior ZANU PF chefs in salary scandals that have shocked many struggling Zimbabweans.

The development is widely seen as the result of infighting within ZANU PF, with one faction using the media to de-campaign the other.


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    munzwa 9 years ago

    the truth will out eventually… is the forensic audit still going ahead???

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    Mprang 9 years ago

    Why Mugabe keeps the old corrupt Chombo Ignatius??

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    What a weak MDC-T mayor who is not worth to lead a big city like Harare.Your stay as the mayor will be terrible hell for you because your juniors will not take instructions from you.You will become their future puppet with no decision powers.This is what we get when we give high posts to people of dubious character.This is the problem with MDC-T they have candidates who are not of high quality and self confident.His bad decision has derailed a good cause for another year or so.
    Mr Charamba will eventually bring the truth out unless they silence him somehow.Once your conscience start working on you somehow you find a way to say it all, then you go through a proper healing process for your inner soul.After that you feel relieved and happy again.These guys who have looted are now having sleepless nights and it affects their families one way or another.

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    Mr Mayor, please can you pack your bags and go. You are a complete FAILURE. You confide over rate payers’ issues. Please you should be answerable to this. Kana wakarumiswa bonzo taura. You are very stupid and incompetent. Please MDC may you kick out this DOG. We need people who stand by their words and actions. You should BALLS, imbwa. Please remove this cant asap.

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    mujibha 9 years ago

    Guys i dlon’t think the mayor is to blem . The person to blem is robert, why is he letting chombo do as he wish? Just imagine what mai mujuru said in chinhoyi if it was from an mdc member was mugabe going to b quiet?

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    When I said if Chombo forced this reinstatement the Mayor should resign some of my brothers said no.This is the way it is. The Mayor will take instructions from Chombo.. Shame Mr Mayor, you are now honorary Zanu pf.

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    mutongi gava 9 years ago

    so the mayor was pressured by chief thief,wat hogwash this guy must vacate the seat for he does not know anything about leadership

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    mukanya 9 years ago

    Chombo knew he would not do such things to Obert Gutu and stopped him at all cost. And now evidence is there that degrees alone do not give a man a spine. Manyenyeni whatever that means armed with a Masters degree does not know that his conscience should drive him. He should have resigned in protest rather than rescinding his noble decision. The MDC should fire him. That post is not for the faint hearted. Tibvirepo Manyenyeni

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    Manyenyeni you yellow bellied coward. This was an opportunity to do the right thing. You have failed us. Please go!!

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    Betty 9 years ago

    He was forced to so that MT could keep his Highlands home. MT is the root of the rot. If it was Zanu pressure he would have boasted but it came from within.

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    Saddened 9 years ago

    Mr Mayor you have let us down terribly. Why can’t you share with us the reasons for rescinding your decision – we have every right to know. If not do the decent thing and resign because you are not a leader in the true sense of the word. We need principled & courageous people to lead us out of this oppression. Mr Tsvangirai we need your intervention after all this man reports to you. What has happened to the MDC of the early 2000’s?

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    Tjingababili 9 years ago


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    Petso 9 years ago

    This reminds me. What happened to the Mayoral Mansion that was built for Makwavarara? Was it sold? Who is staying there?

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    Ndiko kungokabira zvigaro musingazivi zvinoitwa vanaManyenyeni! You are now appearing a fool in front of everybody. Where did you put your principles? You should have stuck to your guns knowing it was the right thing to do and you had the support of the council and the residents. The only honourable thing to do is to resign because Mahachi will show you he is bigger than you and will continue to plunder under your nose.

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    There is no doubt he was bot by Chombo. He is another Sekesayi Makwavarara in the making.

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    Havanyani 9 years ago

    Yet another tragedy.