THE Johannes Tomana committee which was investigating suspended mayor of Harare Elias Mudzuri has recommended dismissal of the mayor, the Zimbabwe Independent heard this week.
Sources privy to the report which was submitted to Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo this week said the committee based its recommendations on Mudzuri’s failure to co-operate with them during the investigation.
“The committee proceeded and looked into the allegations after Mudzuri had walked-out,” a source following the proceedings said this week, adding that:
“Mudzuri refused to defend himself before seeing the (James) Kurasha report from which he believed the allegations were drawn.”
The committee was however insisting that it had nothing to do with the Kurasha commission and had not even seen its report.
“Mudzuri’s refusal to defend himself is clear testimony that the report is not in his favour,” the source said.
After walking out of the hearing Mudzuri proceeded to file an application in the High Court seeking the nullification of the Tomana committee. His application also seeks to declare null and void all the evidence brought before the committee saying that it had a predisposition of bias and malice in the conduct of its enquiry.
The Tomana committee set up by Chombo was investigating Mudzuri on allegations that he abused his authority by arbitrarily suspending or dismissing council senior management, leaving critical positions without substantive occupants and impacting service delivery.
Allegations against Mudzuri are that he manipulated tender procedures, sought to change and influenced council to alter its tender specifications for refuse collection in order to favour and facilitate the awarding of tenders to undeserving companies. Chombo has also alleged that Mudzuri failed to manage the city’s water delivery resulting in acute water shortages for Harare and its satellite towns.