Consultants to select new Town Clerk

HARARE - Harare City Council (HCC) will hire outside human resources specialists to oversee the selection of the new town clerk.

Residents, however, say this is an expensive process which could be rendered useless if the Local Government Board is not satisfied with the settled applicant.

HCC has been operating without a substantive town clerk ever since the sacking of Tendai Mahachi two years ago.

Long–serving chamber secretary, Josephine Ncube has been doubling up in an acting capacity.

“Following further discussion, the committee resolved to recommend that council mandates His Worship, the Mayor Bernard Manyenyeni to engage human resources consultants who will shortlist applicants for the advertised position of town clerk for HCC.

“That the internal processes to recruit a town clerk for the city be completed within the following four weeks,” the city councillors said. 

HCC replaced Mahachi in 2016 when it hired prominent banker James Mushore but he was suspended two weeks into the job by Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere over claims the city fathers had flouted hiring procedures.

Combined Harare Residents Association chairperson (Chra) Simbarashe Moyo said engaging human resources consultants was an expensive process but said perhaps councillors felt that hiring the town clerk through their human capital director Cainos Chingombe would not be the best route.

“I am not sure about the wisdom of hiring a consultant. Then again there is the dynamic of professionalism, where the city might want to engage a neutral expert who can evaluate the appropriate candidate,” said Moyo.

“The real challenge with finally getting a town clerk for Harare is at the Local Government Board. If Town House presents the three candidates and they are not considered ‘suitable’, it is back to the drawing board for council.

“All they have to do is just please Kasukuwere or risk him nullifying the process and possibly suspending councillors as what happened last time.”

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