“Still at large Chawatama” suspended

By Staff Reporter
Harare City Council director of works Isiah Zvenyika Chawatama who is on the run has now been formally suspended with full benefits over allegations of masquerading as the acting Town Clerk on several occasions.
His suspension is with effect from March 31 and Eng Chawatama has been barred from accessing council premises to allow for internal investigations into the disciplinary charges.
Acting town Clerk Mr Bozman Matengarufu wrote to Eng Chawatama informing him of the suspension.
“You are hereby suspended with pay and benefits effective 31 March 2021 following allegations that you masqueraded as the acting Town Clerk on various occasions,” he said. “Your suspension is meant to facilitate internal investigations into serious allegations on various occasions and during the period starting 14 December 2020 to a date yet to be confirmed.”
Mr Matengarufu said Eng Chawatama engaged himself in activities of the office of the Town Clerk which had far reaching effects on the operations of council.

Suspended Harare City Clerk, Hosiah Abraham Abraham Chisango.
“On 13 January 2021, purporting to act as the Town Clerk, you wrote a letter to Mr S Mungofa confirming his appointment as the acting human capital director and on 14 January 2021, purporting to act as the Town Clerk, you wrote a letter copied to all directors directing that employees under investigation and out on bail be barred from attending work.
“On 15 January 2021, you wrote a letter to Mr Bozman Matengarufu reversing his appointment as acting human capital director and on 18 January 2021, you wrote a letter to all heads of departments on restructuring of council operations pending council approval of the Organisational Strategic Plan (2021-2025),” he said.
Mr Matengarufu said the outlined allegations were a sample of the activities that Eng Chwatama illegally engaged in but a full list of activities he conducted was endless and could only be established at the conclusion of investigations.
He said some of the activities Eng Chawatama carried out purportedly as acting Town Clerk were done while the substantive Town Clerk Engineer Hosea Chisango had been lawfully recalled from leave and was firmly executing his duties in his substantive capacity.
“Your suspension is therefore necessary for the conducting of internal investigations that are free to undue influence or interference by yourself given the seniority of your substantive position of director of works and the nature of the allegations that you are facing.”
Last week a warrant of arrest for Chawatama was issued by Harare Magistrate Denford Mambanje, were he is being charged for malicious demage to property worth US$200 000 and is facing 25 year jail term if convicted .
Pokugara Properties manager ,Mandla Marlon Ndebele.
Isiah Zvenyika Chawatama ,Michael Van Blerk, Mandla Marlone Ndebele, Hosiah Chisango, Samuel Nyabezi, Lasten Taonezvi and Ken Sharpe , who is still at large destroyed a show house constructed by a Harare land developer Georgios Katsimberis, one or more of them, knowing that  Katsimberis is entitled to own, possess or control any property or realizing that there was a real risk or possibility that another person may be so entitled, damaged or destroyed the property intending to cause such damage or destruction,” reads Court summons.
Controversial Ukrainian basesd Harare businessman Ken Sharpe with his business associate Michael Van Blerk..
Alternatively, Chawatama, Chisango, Nyabezi and Taonezvi face criminal abuse of office charges for falsely claiming that there were no approved plans. Katsimberis maintains that he holds evidence that proves otherwise.
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