Council defies Chombo

chombo_ignetious2RUSAPE The Rusape Town Council has defied the Local Government, Urban and Rural Development Minister Ignatius Chombos (Pictured) orders to communicate institutional managerial changes at the troubled town house.

The Zimbabwean learnt that the councillors remained in a defiant mood after they sent a senior envoy from the parent ministry dispatched by Chombo away, insisting they are forging ahead with the engagement of the substantive town secretary next week.

Council chairman, Kidwel Gomana and his deputy, Phillip Kamunda, held a marathon meeting with a representative sent by controversial Chombo, which ended with no solution.

Close sources who attended the meeting said: The councillors remained in a defiant mood and told the director of urban councils, (David Pawadyira) that the secondment had been overtaken by events since they had already engaged an accountant and were pressing ahead with the engagement of a substantive town secretary.

The Zimbabwean is reliably informed that Rusape Town Council short listed 12 candidates for the post of town secretary, who were interviewed by a panel of human resource experts on Tuesday.

This is against the directive from Chombo, who had seconded the senior assistant District Administrator for Makoni, Darlington Museka, a strong Zanu (PF) activist to replace Moses Chiraya council boss who is perceived by Chombo to be an MDC supporter.

Roy Nhiwatiwa another Zanu (PF) activist was to assume the reins in the finance department, according to Chombos directive. The pair was charged with authenticating all expenditures, commercial and residential stands allocation presided over by the past two administrations as well as managing the transition period to a substantive executive. Gomana said they were dealing directly with Dr Chombo’s deputy, Sisel Zvidzai.

“We told Pawadyira to remind the minister about our communication to him that we have already engaged an accountant and that we will be hosting interviews for the town secretary. We do not need this secondment thing. We cannot have people coming from every direction to interfere with operations at Rusape Town Council. What is it that they have found with this council, that they are so determined to poke their nose into,” said Gomana.

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