Drama at Town House as Town Clerk is reinstated and then suspended.

HARARE – Drama at Town House on Friday afternoon as the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) arrested the Harare City Council (HCC) Town Clerk Hosiah Chisango moments after he was suspended by Local Government minister July Moyo.

Chisango was initially suspended by the Local Government minister July Moyo in August after he had been arrested over series of alleged land scams.

Acting Harare Mayor Luckson Mukunguma then reinstated him today to which Moyo responded by suspending Chisango again.

Harare Town Clerk Hosiah Chisango was reinstated by Acting Mayor Luckson Mukunguma before being suspended again by Local Government minister July Moyo

Police then moved in to arrest Chisango. The charges were unclear at the time of writing but it could have been an extreme use of force to remove him from Town House.

An insider who spoke to Zim Morning Post said Chisango was reinstated by Mukunguma against the advice of some external lawyers.

The external lawyers were advising Mayor Jacob Mafume.

Chisango was first arrested in September together with more than 12 senior council employees for the illegal sale of Harar City Council land.

He was later released on bail and ordered not to interfere with witnesses.

Observers say Chisango’s reinstatement would have seen him interfering with witnesses who happen to be his subordinates at HCC.

“There are many officials who were arrested but are currently at home, but it’s only Chisango who was reinstated without a formal hearing,”

The development comes as the Provincial Development Coordinator (PDC) Tafadzwa Muguti, has warned local authorities in Harare Metropolitan Province not to reinstate officials who are out on bail or under investigation.

“Please, be advised that employees who are currently out on bail should not be allowed back to work until full investigations of their cases are concluded at the courts,” Muguti said.

“We note with concern that employs currently out on bail are colluding with some officials to be reinstated or elevated to senior managerial positions within the council in order to influence the ongoing investigations as well as discourage other staff members from testifying and cooperating fully with the investigators” he added.

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