Vic Falls bid to ap­point town trea­surer hits brick wall

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Leonard Ncube Vic­to­ria Falls Re­porter

THE Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Board has re­jected a bid by the Vic­to­ria Falls coun­cil to ap­point a town trea­surer with­out ad­ver­tis­ing for the post.

The mu­nic­i­pal­ity re­solved to au­to­mat­i­cally pro­mote deputy town trea­surer Mr Never Ndlovu when the in­cum­bent Mr Them­binkosi Khu­malo re­tires at the end of this year.

City fa­thers said the move was aimed at giv­ing a chance to peo­ple from Vic­to­ria Falls as a way of em­pow­er­ing them.

The Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Board turned down the re­quest and or­dered the lo­cal author­ity to ad­ver­tise for the post.

“I’ve cor­re­spon­dence here from the board about the el­e­va­tion of deputy town trea­surer to town trea­surer. The board ad­vised that the coun­cil should fol­low pro­ce­dure. In essence they’re say­ing the post must be ad­ver­tised,” Cham­ber Sec­re­tary Mrs Khol­wani Man­gena told a full coun­cil meet­ing last Thurs­day.

“The pro­ce­dure is that these cor­re­spon­dences should go through re­spec­tive com­mit­tees but some of them are so ur­gent that they can’t wait for the time when the com­mit­tee sits, which is mostly once a month.”

Coun­cil­lors and the city’s man­age­ment then agreed to ad­ver­tise for the post, but did not give any time­frames.

There was, how­ever, a sug­ges­tion that coun­cil’s Gen­eral Pur­pose Com­mit­tee will con­duct the in­ter­views so as to guard against the ap­point­ment of peo­ple from out­side Vic­to­ria Falls.

Ward 6 Cllr Ephias Mam­bume said the idea was meant to re­ward hard­work­ing in­di­vid­u­als within the lo­cal author­ity.

“We had agreed as a coun­cil to uplift peo­ple we have trusted with their work. I think we can be con­struc­tively bi­ased and sec­ond our own peo­ple be­cause once we bring peo­ple from out­side for in­ter­views the scale might be tilted to­wards in­di­vid­u­als we don’t even know who may cause prob­lems,” said Cllr Mam­bume.

A de­ci­sion to flout ap­point­ing pro­ce­dures a few months ago saw the Harare City Coun­cil clash­ing with the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Pub­lic Works and Na­tional Hous­ing Min­is­ter Saviour Ka­sukuwere.

This was after the coun­cil ap­pointed banker Mr James Mushore as town clerk with­out the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Board’s ap­proval.

This re­sulted in the sus­pen­sion of Harare Mayor Cllr Bernard Manyenyeni, who was later re­in­stated.

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