Zvisha­vane sec­re­tary fights off sus­pen­sion

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Pa­trick Chi­tumba

ZVISHA­VANE Town Coun­cil sec­re­tary, Mr Tin­oda Mukutu, has re­sumed his du­ties after coun­cil re­solved to re­in­state him in com­pli­ance with a Labour Court rul­ing that de­clared his sus­pen­sion null and void.

The town coun­cil’s di­rec­tor of hous­ing, Mr Nhlanhla Ng­wenya, said Mr Mukutu started work last week after about three months on sus­pen­sion.

He said coun­cil com­plied with a Labour Court or­der which ruled re­cently that his sus­pen­sion was null and void.

“The boss (Mr Mukutu) is back yes, but for fur­ther de­tails please talk to him,” said Mr Ng­wenya who served as act­ing town sec­re­tary in the ab­sence of Mr Mukutu.

Mr Mukutu could not be reached for com­ment as he was said to be in a meet­ing.

How­ever, coun­cil sources told The Chron­i­cle that Mr Mukutu ap­proached the Labour Court fol­low­ing his sus­pen­sion.

“The Labour Court ruled that his sus­pen­sion was null and void be­fore throw­ing away the al­le­ga­tions that were be­ing lev­elled against him. So coun­cil sat down and re­solved to re­in­state him so as to avoid any pos­si­ble le­gal costs,” said the source.

Mr Mukutu was sus­pended for al­legedly dither­ing on im­ple­ment­ing coun­cil res­o­lu­tions.

One coun­cil res­o­lu­tion he was ac­cused of fail­ing to im­ple­ment was one di­rect­ing the sus­pen­sion of the di­rec­tor of fi­nance Mr Ge­orge Jon­goni on al­le­ga­tions of em­bez­zling coun­cil funds.

“Act­ing in terms of Sec­tion 139 3(a) of the Ur­ban Coun­cils Act Chap­ter 29:15, it has ap­peared to the chair­man of the Zvisha­vane Town Coun­cil that you have con­tin­u­ously been de­fy­ing my in­struc­tions and or­ders of the coun­cil in­ter alia al­le­ga­tions, to the ex­tent that I found it fit and de­sir­able to act in terms of Sec­tion 3 (a) of the said Act and I there­fore sus­pend you from of­fice forth­with and you are re­quired to leave Zvisha­vane Town Coun­cil of­fice forth­with,” reads a sus­pen­sion let­ter coun­cil chair­man Esau Gwatipedza Dube wrote to Mr Mukutu three months ago. — @ pchi­tumba1

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