Innocent Ruwende Municipal Reporter
HARARE councillors are set to meet to finalise the appointment of former NMB chief executive Mr James Mushore as the city’s new town clerk through a council resolution.
Mr Mushore is set to replace Dr Tendai Mahachi, who was retired from service in December last year. His appointment is, however, subject to approval by the Local Government Board.
Harare Mayor Councillor Bernard Manyenyeni yesterday said council was looking for a date to meet to finalise the appointment.
“We are finalising the appointment of the next town clerk through a council resolution. We are looking for a date for council to meet.
“We are not commenting on unofficial reports, but seeking to give the residents of Harare the best person for the job and that person must inspire the residents,” he said.
Clr Manyenyeni’s remarks follow reports that the Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Ministry wanted someone with local government experience to take over the post of Harare town clerk amid claims that the interviews were biased.
The city carried out interviews which included psychometric tests a fortnight ago.
It is reported that some of the city’s directors who applied for the job were not invited for interviews among them human capital director Dr Cainos Chingombe.
The eight shortlisted candidates were Acting Town Clerk Mrs Josephine Ncube (nee Chigonda), Mr Mushore, Mr Godfrey Pasipanodya, Engineer Jacob Kudzayi Mutisi, Dr Charles Makono, Mr Shangwa Mavesera, Mr Psychology Chiwanga and Dr Tapiwa Mashakada (who was absent).
Clr Manyenyeni said the process started with 24 candidates and was whitled down to a shortlist of seven people.
He said the city was looking for a competent game changer to occupy one of the top chief executive positions in Zimbabwe, managing annual budgets in excess of $300 million.
“Council needs a fresh inspiring look for many of its operations. The ideal candidates will have at least a first degree in a relevant field of study and no less than 10 years’ senior management experience with relevant institutions. Previous experience in local government will be an asset, but is not a requirement,” read part of the advert inserted by Clr Manyenyeni.
The remuneration for the position will be a salary and benefits package amounting to $10 475 per month.