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Commission recommends sack for Leslie Gwindi

Clemence Manyukwe

THE Commission running the affairs of Harare has recommended sacking suspended Director of Waste Management Leslie Gwindi for insubordination and absen


The decision, reached a fortnight ago, reverses an earlier resolution by the commission’s executive committee calling for his reinstatement.

The Commission’s resolution is in line with the recommendation by a three-member independent panel chaired by Harare lawyer James Mutizwa that the director be axed.

Other panelists were Davison Kanoyangwa, also a lawyer, and Zimbabwe Cricket boss Peter Chingoka.

On Wednesday Mutizwa confirmed that he had chaired the panel but could not comment further.

However, the commission’s resolution reads: “It is hereby resolved that Mr Gwindi be dismissed and the matter be referred back to the local board.”

Gwindi ran into problems earlier this year for dereliction of duty after being promoted from the position of spokesperson.

During the tenure of fired Harare MDC mayor Elias Mudzuri, Gwindi was also fired only to be reinstated by Local Government minister, Ignatius Chombo.

Sources on Monday said members of the executive committee who recommended that Gwindi be reinstated are still pushing to bring him back to Town House saying it was a “directive from higher up” despite the fact that he was found guilty.

Last week Chombo fired all technocrats on the Harare Commission and retained Zanu PF members, Sekesai Makwavarara, politburo member Tendai Savanhu, central committee member Prisca Mupfumira, and Justin Chivavaya who was seconded to the commission by Harare metropolitan governor, David Karimanzira.

The fired technocrats — lawyers Terrence Hussein and Viola Chasi who is also CBZ bank company secretary, Professor Jameson Kurasha, and engineer Noel Muzuva — were instrumental in reversing an earlier decision to reinstate Gwindi. The same commissioners opposed Chombo’s directive to sell a city of Harare house to Makwavarara for a song.

The technocrats also openly spoke against suspension of senior managers: Chamber secretary Josephine Ncube, Director of Housing and Amenities Numero Mubaiwa, Works director Psychology Chiwanga and City Treasurer Misheck Mubvumbi.

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