Town clerk defends Mugabe advert

GWERU - Town clerk Daniel Matawu has defended the decision to place an advert in a local daily congratulating President Robert Mugabe for assuming the chairmanship of Sadc.

The 90-year-old Zanu PF leader was handed the rotating chair of the 15-member Sadc at the two-day summit that ended in Victoria Falls on Sunday.

MDC spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora had said the mayor Hamutendi Kombayi and the councillors were never consulted when the advert in question was placed in the paper.

“This advert was obviously clandestinely placed by the town clerk who is a Zanu PF political appointee,” Mwonzora said.

“The mayor and the councillors did not consent to the placement of this advert. This is not the first time that this has happened.

“It has happened before in Harare and other cities where the MDC-T is in control.”

But Mutawu said the congratulatory message to Mugabe was placed because council was an extension of government, fulfilling its duty.

“We normally place adverts on special occasions like Heroes Day,” Matawu said.

“Gweru City Council is an extension of government , we are not MDC.

“This is actually making me famous because there is no story here.”

Matawu said he was only doing his job as the head of council management.

Kombayi said he was not aware of the advert and expressed shock at the hype it had created.

Matawu vowed not to deal with the daily paper which published the congratulatory message.

“I was not even aware that council placed that advert because I was away. Please, talk to the town clerk,” Kombayi said.

The advert drew the ire of local residents, who believe the cash-strapped MDC-run council has no business placing expensive adverts in newspapers.

Gweru council is currently failing to pay its workers’ salaries, and is saddled with a debt of over $24 million.

Comments (2)

Who ever placed the advert must meet the cost the city must not pay for that advert simple as that . If the payment has already been made then deductions from the salary of the person who posted the advert must be done to recover the cost. It is as simple as that . Then in future people will learn to consult before they make any decisions

Chimedza matombo - 24 August 2014

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