Eight Candidates Shortlisted For Gweru City Council Town Clerk Role
Eight candidates have been shortlisted for the position of town clerk in Gweru City Council, which has been vacant since the dismissal of Ms. Elizabeth Gwatipedza in 2019. The absence of a substantive town clerk has led to concerns among residents regarding deteriorating service delivery.
Last year, the council advertised the vacant post, receiving 24 applications by the December 4 deadline. However, only four applicants met the requirements, prompting the council to re-advertise the position.
As reported by the Chronicle, after the January 3 deadline for new applications, eight candidates were selected for interviews scheduled for the following Wednesday.
Mayor Councillor Martin Chivhoko confirmed the interview date and mentioned that three of the candidates, including the acting town clerk Mr. Livingstone Churu, are current council employees.
“Council will conduct the interviews on February 14, shortlisting eight candidates, and the top three will then be forwarded to the Local Government Board for final interviews,” stated Clr Chivhoko.
Ms. Gwatipedza was dismissed for allegedly failing to submit her employment contract and those of other department heads to the council. Following her dismissal, Mr. Vakai Douglas Chikwekwe, the chamber secretary, served as acting town clerk before resigning due to alleged persecution by Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) councillors.
Before his resignation, Mr. Chikwekwe was suspended following his arrest by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) on charges of criminal abuse of office, which were later withdrawn. He was succeeded by the city’s finance director, Mr. Churu.