By Clayton Masekesa
MUTARE – The Mutare City Council is seeking a new Town Clerk who is expected to turn around the fortunes of the city.
The local authority has since flighted advertisements in the Press in search of the Town Clerk who will replace the late Joshua Maligwa who succumbed to Covid-19 in January this year.
According to the advert, the Mutare City Council is looking for a person with more than 10 years demonstrable and proven experience in a local government environment.
The advert states that the incumbent must be above 35years and possess a degree in Administration, Law, Accountancy, Social Sciences, Engineering or any relevant degree.
The aspiring candidate must have a post-graduate qualification in Business Administration and Public Sector Management.
The closing date for the application is 4 August 2021.
The local authority’s director of health services Antony Mutara is the acting Town Clerk.
Some candidates tipped for the highest position at council include Christian Sithole who previously came out tops in two interviews of the same post in 2016, but, was not appointed due to yet undisclosed reasons.
Sithole in interviews contacted by the council came out tops. Then in another interview contacted by the Local Government Board, Sitole came again tops.
However, Maligwa was subsequently appointed.
Sithole was the former Chief Committee Officer at Mutare City Council and was forced to resign after falling out of favour with Maligwa.
Another interested candidate is former Mutare City Council Chamber Secretary Cephas Vhuta. He also clashed with Maligwa over administrative decisions and at one time reports say that the two almost traded blows over administrative disagreements.
Vhuta tendered his resignation in 2019.
According to sources and investigations by this reporter, Mutara is also interested in the top job.
Insiders say the current Town Engineer, Maxwell Kerith Karenyi is also said to be eyeing the position.
Former Town Clerk Obert Muzawazi is said to be vying for the same post as he is arguing that his resignation from council under duress after falling out of favour with former Minister of State For Manicaland Province Mandi Chimene.
Mutare ratepayers are looking forward to a strategic Town Clerk who has the heart and pace to change the council and city.
The Mutare City council has been under serious corruption involving senior managers and councilors thousands of dollars in United States dollars that has adversely affected service delivery.