By Daniel Chigundu
HARARE Mayor Councillor Bernard Manyenyeni has called on the new Minister of Local Government July Moyo to quickly solve the issue of Town Clerk which has dragged for some time.
Since the departure of Tendai Mahachi, some 30 months ago, there have been fights between the former Minister and the City over the responsibility to appoint a successor.
The city council tried to appoint James Mushore but the move was shot down by former Minister Saviour Kasukuwere.
Addressing the media, Mayor Manyenyeni said the position of town clerk is critical for the city and needs to be resolved without delay.
“As I have repeatedly stated, the position of Harare Town Clerk in my view ranks just below the Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet when you look at the span of responsibilities for a council which is as big as 10 small government ministries combined.
“This is why the position has historically been denied full professional space both in the recruitment and also in daily or strategic operations.
“I am encouraged by the new brooms at the Ministry both the Minister July Moyo and his Permanent Secretary Mr George Magosvongwe. We are banking on their perceived professionalism to allow us to conclude this overdue matter.
“This Town Clerk matter is critical for the current and next mayor because our residents do not know or care about the mayor being non-executive, they just want things done,” he said.
According to Manyenyeni, Hatfield legislator and MDC-T shadow Minister of Finance Tapiwa Mashakada is leading the race to land position at Town House.
Mashakada is famed for crafting some of MDC-T’s economic blueprints and is a former Minister of Investment Promotion during the time of the inclusive government (GNU).
Meanwhile, Manyenyeni has reiterated his call for an executive mayor for Harare, arguing that a non-executive one will effectively discharge the required task at Town House.
Harare City Council is famed for heftily paying its executives and workers at the expense of service delivery which is at its lowest.
Salaries are reportedly consuming about US$10 million out of the US$13 million monthly collections.