Mutare mayor axes 30 council workers

Acting city of Mutare mayor George Jerison has fired 30 council workers on allegations of supporting the rival camp within his MDC-T party.

Jerison, who took over the reins from the embattled Brian James has come under heavy attack from the city councillors and residents who accuse him of undermining council resolutions and unilaterally making decisions on behalf of the council.

When The Zimbabwean contacted Jerison for a comment, he dismissed the allegations saying that everything was done above board. The councillors in the eastern city of Zimbabwe insist that Jerison breached the council’s code of conduct.

“He is running the council like a tuck shop, most decisions that the management are forced to implement never pass through council meetings and are not our resolutions,” Councillor Thomas Nyamupa said.

Another councilor who refused to be named for security purposes said the general purpose committee had never discussed the issue of workers dismissal.

“It’s shocking because we never sat down to deliberate on dismissal of council workers,” the councillor said.

The Zimbabwean spoke to a number of residents in the city of Mutare who said council had no right to fire workers on political grounds.

“It’s surprising that council can dismiss workers for supporting one person or political party against the other,” said Sarah Mtema from Sakubva Township.

Another resident, Samson Maphosa said that the mayor was wrong to carry over divisions and infightings within his party to the city council.

Workers should only be fired for incompetence or breach of contract, he is not fit to be a mayor if he takes sides,” Maphosa said.

Mutare city council has recently been rocked by infightings with the former mayor Brian James citing infightings and resistance to audit council book for two years as reasons for his departure.

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