Gweru paying $6 000 for town clerk’s accommodation

GWERU City Council will pay $6 000 annually for rentals for town clerk, Elizabeth Gwatipedza’s house in Southview Extension, Southern Eye has established.

BY STEPHEN CHADENGA

Last month, Gwatipedza revealed that she has moved into the new house after spending a year commuting to work daily from Redcliff where she used to be the town secretary.

Mayor Charles Chikozho last week said council had not yet acquired an official residence for the town clerk, but was paying monthly rentals after Gwatipedza occupied the house in the low-density suburb.

“We are renting a house for the town clerk in Southview Extension and council is paying $500 per month,” he said.

In a press statement early this week council said: “Gweru city has no official residence for the town clerk since the previous one was sold to government early in the 80s.”

The local authority did not, however, indicate why that house was sold to government.

After Gwatipedza had been appointed town clerk in December 2016, council once made a resolution that she occupy the idle mayoral mansion, but later made a U-turn saying the local authority was sticking to its 2015 decision for the white elephant to be turned into a guest house.