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Ousted Bulawayo Town Clerk back in office

by Staff reporter
13 Jul 2019 at 08:01hrs | Views
BULAWAYO Mayor Solomon Mguni yesterday lifted the suspension of Town Clerk, Mr Christopher Dube, as the Government condemned the violent manner in which he was ejected from his office.

Councillor Mguni's Deputy, Councillor Tinanshe Kambarami on Thursday suspended Mr Dube and, with the help of other councillors, ejected the Town Clerk from his office before locking it and placing a key blocker.  

This was despite the advice to Clr Kambarami by Chamber Secretary Mrs Sikhangele Zhou that they had not followed procedure in their actions.

The MDC Alliance councillors had plotted to suspend Mr Dube at an aborted special council meeting yesterday but Clr Kambarami accompanied by Clr Silas Chigora suspended the Town Clerk on Thursday. Clr Mguni in a letter to Clr Kambarami lifted Mr Dube's suspension.

"I am in possession of your letter dated 11th July 2019 in which you suspended the Town Clerk, purportedly in terms of section 139 (9) (3) of the Urban Councils Act (Chapter 29,15).

"In order not to destabilise council business, I hereby lift the said suspension with immediate effect. I further direct the Town Clerk to furnish me with a comprehensive report on the allegations you have raised in your letter. The said report must reach my office within seven days of receipt of this letter," wrote Clr Mguni.  

"By copy of this letter and upon receipt thereof the Town Clerk must report for duty with full salary and benefits. The Chamber Secretary shall cause Council to be advised accordingly.  

"The special council meeting that was scheduled to take place today (12th July 2019) is hereby deferred."

In view of the Mayor's communication, Mrs Zhou wrote a letter notifying councillors that a special council meeting set for yesterday had been duly cancelled. 

Source - chronicle