Local Government Minister Saviour Kasukuwere has suspended Harare Mayor Ben Manyenyeni over the new Town Clerk battle.
Manyenyeni confirmed the development this afternoon, saying he had been suspended by Kasukuwere for alleged disobedience and insurbodination.
“Just to let you know that I have received a letter from the minister that I am suspended both as councilor and mayor with immediate effect,” Manyenyeni said.
MDC leader, Morgan Tsvangirai said today his party was taking Kasukuwere to court over his interference in the running of Harare.
Reads Minister Kasukuwere’s letter to Clr Manyenyeni: “I wish to inform you that in terms of Section 114 (1) (d) (ii) of the Urban Councils Act you are hereby suspended from carrying out the functions of the office of Mayor and councillor.
“The grounds for your suspension are that you have, without legal basis, made an employment offer to a person for the position of town clerk without the necessary approval of the Local Government Board as required by the Urban Councils Act as read with Section 265 (1) (b) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe.
“You went further and defied a lawfully given instruction by implementing a resolution that had been rescinded in terms of the Urban Councils Act Section 314. You will be brought before a competent authority to answer the allegations above.”
Government rescinded the appointment of Mr Mushore soon after a council meeting that announced his appointment, saying council flouted procedures of appointing a town clerk as outlined in the Urban Councils Act and the Local Government Board.
The minister had told the city that the former banker’s appointment was illegal, but the defiant council proceeded to give Mr Mushore the job.
Mr Mushore was still reporting for duty despite the two orders, with Clr Manyenyeni saying he was waiting for the High Court to rule on the matter.