Kasukuwere suspends Harare mayor

HARARE - Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere has suspended Harare mayor Bernard Manyenyeni (pictured above) over the “illegal” appointment of new town clerk, James Mushore.

Mushore, a former NMBZ Holdings group chief executive officer, was fired the same day he was appointed last month, after Kasukuwere argued the appointment had not been approved by the Local Government Board.

Despite this decision, Manyenyeni went on to appoint Mushore, prompting Kasukuwere’s action yesterday.

“I wish to inform you that in terms of Section 114 (1) (d) (ii) of the Urban Councils Act that you are hereby suspended from carrying out the functions of the office of mayor and councillor,” reads part of the suspension letter seen by the Daily News.

The document further reads, “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.”

Recently, Combined Harare Residents Association and Chitungwiza Residents Association dragged Kasukuwere to court over his decision to rescind Mushore’s appointment.

And, yesterday, MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai also held a press conference, threatening to take Kasukuwere to court over the same issue.

But in the letter of suspension, Kasukuwere argued that Manyenyeni acted unlawfully.

“You went further and defied a lawfully given instruction by implementing a resolution that had been rescinded in terms of the Urban Councils Act Section 314.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 allegation above, in due course.

“During the period, you shall not receive any allowance and you shall not carry out any council business within or outside council,” he said.

Efforts to get a comment from Kasukuwere and the city council could not yield results yesterday.

Comments (13)

The act of kasukuwere is a shadow to crow MDC-T strategies of delivering a sucker punch to ZANU PF group of thugs and greedy Mugabe's club. If one can track, it has never happened that an MDC T led council will function withou Local Government Minister interfering regardless of how baseless the issue may be. This shows that they take direct instruction from CIO to distabilise and to frustrate the voter and drawing attention from the MDC-T and similar parties try to address this stupidity of the rogue regime of Mugabe. A gang of terrorist. Mugabe was never voted in by the people since 1976 but has been Priminister and President since 1980, where is the constitition and legal frame work that govern his appointment. However one day there will be hell to all these thugs. Mugabe is 92, one day he will not open his eyes. The likes of Kasukuwere will have no where to hide.

amina - 21 April 2016

Pedzeranai.when we tel yu g40 has no respect of law,wht do yu think.this is a tendency coming frm his suspensions in zanu.Did not VP Mnangagwa repremand this fellow on unlawfull suspensions.he cannot suspend in zanu so he needs substitute,council.A bully is always a bully bt when confronted by a stronger person they change schools..

viola gwena - 21 April 2016

I suspect that the Minister is getting a salary from Harare city council together with his colegues. Further, i again suspect that the Minister and his team looted properties in Harare which he wants to protect. Instead of talking about workers salaries which is a thorn issue, he fights to block Mushore. Is he not a Zimbabwean? Just because the minister build a 52 bedroomed what what, he feels he is Harare? MASSIVE LOOTING ichapera .

pasipemuswe - 21 April 2016

Well done Tyson political thug number one show them you pull the shots they can hukura zhou ichingofamba PFUTSEKI MANYENYENI KUMUSHA

Colonel - 21 April 2016

There is no case hear it is all comming from last weeks demonstration where Mr Manyenyeni was part and parcell of it shame Dzimbabwe

MANYENYENI - 21 April 2016

With demi-god President in power for 36 years; Urban Councils Act of 1886; and thug in charge what would you expect! Kasu knows he will loose in court but its a diversionary tactic meant to remove sharpened focus real issues! Stupid enough these guys will spring a killer electioneering punch for the gullible electorate towards 2018 and claim victory! God have mercy and deal will spirit of witchcraft used on his people by the Malawian! Avoiding war is fast eluding our country!

Save - 21 April 2016

under the MDC,harare has degenerated,there is no service delivery to talk about,all they are interested in is putting their cronies in office,we thev peoplpe shall exercise our oversight rolke and ensure all corrupt activities at counciln are put to bed

truth - 21 April 2016

Mr Suspension Kasukuwere you need to be given a Degree on suspensions.In Zanu/local authorities your only business is to suspend people.You need people management skills and not your arrogant suspension skills that are meant at inducing fear to our people.Zanu/government will regret the damage you have done to them.One day you will take cover ..hokoyo!

War Vet - 22 April 2016

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