Embattled Harare town clerk, James Mushore has instructed chamber secretary, Josephine Ncube to stop acting in his (Mushore) position and start reporting to his office immediately, as the ex-banker flexes his muscle in the battle to control the capital.
Mushore, whose appointment as town clerk in April was reversed by Local government minister, Saviour Kasukuwere, told NewsDay yesterday that he was now in full control at Town House and wanted Ncube to revert back to her old position.
“It’s true that I have instructed her to stop acting as town clerk and I have invited her for a meeting tomorrow (today) at 10am as part of the management team at Town House,” he said.
Ncube has been acting town clerk since Tendai Mahachi’s ouster last year. She was among those tipped to take over from Mahachi, but was unsuccessful in the interviews.
For the past two months, Harare has had two town clerks as Ncube continued to act, while Mushore was also reporting for duty.
Council offered Mushore the hot seat after he beat 140 other candidates in interviews carried out by various stakeholders, who included residents, councillors and human resources experts.
But his appointment was marred by controversy, as Kasukuwere claimed mayor Bernard Manyenyeni had not followed laid down procedures.
Kasukuwere has since suspended Manyenyeni on allegations of disregarding his directive not to appoint Mushore without approval from government. newsday