…leaves Mafume in quandary

By Martin Chimuka

The reinstated Harare City Human Resources boss , Dr Cainos Chingombe and Finance Director Tendai Kwenda had their Supreme Court appeal challenging their expulsion from the municipality quashed on Tuesday .

The HR boss was brought back controversially and had already made a string of suspensions , promotions and massive redeployments during his short stint, according to sources at the city council.

“The Human Capital Director had already started demotions and promotions   in the council while the unlucky ones   like one Matengarufu got suspension while dozens got promoted in the municipal police department.

“The housing department which is privy to ex-Mayor Gomba’s shenanigans was not spared from the shake up  as Chingombe tried to cover up for his backers in the Gomba cabal,” revealed one council employee who requested anonymity.

According to another source close to the development it remains to be seen how his backers including Mayor Jacob Mafume and Harare Provincial District Coordinator Tafadzwa Muguti will react to this.

“We don’t know  how Mafume will react to this supreme Court ruling given that he strongly advocated for Chingombe return.

“Also  PDC Tafadzwa Muguti came to town house and told all councillors to ensure Chingombe is back, claiming it was an instruction from President Mnangagwa,”said the source.

It is  reported that Muguti threatened councilors with arrest for disobeying a ‘presidential instruction’  and  were bullied to bring back Chingombe with only deputy Mayor  Luckson Mukunguma standing up against the decision in the full council meeting whilst most of them were cowed into submission.

The publication can report that after Chingombe’s brief release over his charges , there were wild celebrations by ex-Mayor Gomba’s acolytes including Director of Works Engineer Zvenyika Chawatama at the Town House with the HR boss hooting his car.