Chitungwiza Council is currently divided over the fate of some suspended top managers who are currently facing charges of corruption.
This publication is reliably informed that some Councilors want them back at Head office against the directive by Provincial Development Coordinator (PDC) Tafadzwa Muguti.
Muguti has ordered that those managers should not report for duty until they clear their names at court on the charges they are facing.
However some Councilors and managers are against the decision fearing that the council might end up being dragged to the labour court.
“Some councilors were working with the managers in parceling out land illegally so they fear that if these guys are not at work they will be exposed but they have also another good reason which is fearing to be dragged to court,” revealed an insider.
A virtual meeting which was proposed to be held on Monday to discuss the matter as a special item was cancelled after the Chamber Secretary advised about the sensitivity of the matter.
Therefore the officials will meet in person to discuss the matter.
“A virtual meeting to discuss this matter was cancelled but the matter was later put as a special item,” added a source.
Chitungwiza Mayor Lovemore Maiko confirmed receiving a letter from PDC and the letter was directed to the Acting Town Clerk.
“Council received a letter from the PDC directed to the Acting Town Clerk which contained the matter and it was read at a meeting of the council last year,” Maiko told OpenCouncil Harare.
Maiko proffesed ignorance of the virtual meeting which was supposed to take place but conceded that the matter was supposed to come from the General Purpose Committee.
The committee has however been crippled by the re-calls of Councilors.
“It is a matter which we should deal with but it has to come to the full council meeting from the GPC but the committee is currently crippled because of the recalls but however those workers are not reporting for duty,” added the Mayor
Despite the letter being directed to the Office of Town Clerk , Acting Town Clerk Dr Tonderai Kasu directed all questions to the Mayor.
“The issue you are raising involves both employees of council and councilors as well, so I am referring you to his Worship the Mayor for comments on your questions, as per protocol as the mayor is supposed to comment on any issue that also involves councilors,” Kasu said.