HARARE City Council has started looking for a new town clerk to replace Dr Tendai Mahachi and is also set to appoint Councillor Christopher Mbanga as the new deputy mayor.
If appointed, Clr Mbanga fills in the vacant post created by the death of Clr Thomas Muzuva who succumbed to cancer last month.
Councillors have since been called to attend a special council meeting today to elect the deputy mayor although sources said the MDC-T councillors have already chosen Clr Mbanga to succeed Clr Muzuva. MDC-T has 39 councillors, while zanu-PF has seven.
“We had a caucus where we agreed that Clr Mbanga will take over from Clr Muzuva because he has acted as mayor on several occasions and also because of his experience in council,” said a source. The city also wants to appoint a substantive town clerk following the sacking of Dr Mahachi.
The city is also keen to interview external people.
Council sources say an advert will be placed in the newspapers this week.
Mayor Bernard Manyenyeni will be lining up an independent panel to assist in choosing the town clerk.
In an interview yesterday, Mayor Manyenyeni confirmed the city was searching for Dr Mahachi’s replacement. “The search will commence. I am working on modalities that will satisfy the residents of the city,” he said.
Human Resources and General Purpose’s Committee chairperson Clr Wellington Chikombo said the city was looking for a candidate to deliver the aspirations of the residents.
“Yes, we covet for a town clerk who is dry cleaned, chlorinated from all leadership impurities. Anything we do should have a handshake and resonance with people’s aspirations. This dreamed town clerk should be the pregnancy of that hope,” he said.
Clr Manyenyeni sent Dr Mahachi on an indefinite forced leave in July this year for reportedly stalling the city’s succession plan and rationalisation of executive salaries among other issues.
The full council endorsed the decision to terminate his contract last month.