Augustine Mukaro/Eric Chiriga
SUSPENDED Harare executive mayor Elias Mudzuri has been denied access to vital documents to be used at a hearing into his conduct by the government-appointe
d investigation committee.
Mudzuri’s lawyer, Beatrice Mtetwa, said the committee had denied her client permission to enter Town House to obtain documents necessary for the hearing procedures. He is among other things accused of organising a stayaway.
“Since September 17, when the first hearing was scheduled to take place, the committee had argued that they had no control over Town House, so we could access the documents we required,” she said.
“The committee later resolved that we should submit a list of documents that we required to the Town Clerk. But when we received the documents, all the critical ones were missing.”
Mtetwa said the hearing hit a brick wall this week when the committee decided to change the charges levelled against the mayor .
“The committee has set aside summons we have been working with for the past six weeks, arguing that they were ambiguous and incorrectly drafted,” Mtetwa said.
“The second summons that the committee wants to interview Mudzuri on is nothing but a copy of Minister Ignatius Chombo’s letter suspending our client,” she said.
In a related development, the committee is understood to have recommended that council terminate Mudzuri’s fuel allocation and cellphone allowance.
Acting mayor Sekesai Makwavarara terminated the allowances at the beginning of October despite a council resolution that Mudzuri should continue to enjoy such benefits.
Contacted for comment, Mudzuri said the committee had proved beyond reasonable doubt that it was not serious about the matter.
“The committee is not serious,” Mudzuri said. “How could they all of a sudden decide to change the summons we have been working with for the past six weeks? That’s a clear shifting of goal posts intended to delay my case.”