The city of Bulawayo has not had a substantive Town Clerk for almost three years, following the death of then Town Clerk, Stanley Donga in 2007.
The appointment of Hwalima to the position of acting Town Clerk follows the resignation of Chamber Secretary, Gilbert Dube, who was acting Town Clerk for the city since the beginning of the year.
Bulawayo mayor, Thaba Moyo, in a circular sent to department heads, said Hwalima would act in that capacity until a substantive Town Clerk has been found.
“Following the resignation of Gilbert Dube, who was Chamber Secretary and also Acting Town Clerk on 31 March 2009, from council service, the Bulawayo City Council has appointed Dr Zanele Hwalima, the Director of Health Services to act in the capacity of town Clerk until the appointment of a substantive Town Clerk by the Local Government Board,” Moyo said in the circular.
The Bulawayo City Council accuses the Local Government Board and Local Government Minister, Ignatius Chombo, of delaying the appointment of a Town Clerk.
The city council conducted interviews for the position in 2007 and sent a list of names to the Ministry of Local Government for approval last year but Local government Minister Ignatius Chombo or the Local Government Board are yet to respond.
The front-runners for the position were at the time Dube and the city’s Treasurer, Middleton Nyoni.
Nyoni is now tipped to take over as the city’s Town Clerk when appointments are made.
Bulawayo is currently struggling with service provision and delays in appointing key staff as the Town Clerk is responsible for appointing key council staff.