Innocent Ruwende Municipal Reporter
Former Harare town clerk Dr Tendai Mahachi has withdrawn a High Court application in which he wanted the city to reinstate him on the basis that it had not involved the Local Government Board in terminating his contract.
The move follows exit package negotiations which commenced last week between Dr Mahachi’s representative, Mr Chenjerai Daitai of Magwaliba and Kwirira Legal Practitioners and the city which are said to be progressing well.
Mr Daitai confirmed today that they had withdrawn the High Court case but refused to shed more light on the exit package negotiations.
“I can confirm that we have withdrawn the High Court case and we are negotiating with Harare City Council,” he said.
Dr Mahachi was arguing that Section 139(2) of the Urban Councils’ Act requires that prior to the termination of a contract of employment in respect of a town clerk, the Local Government Board should approve the termination.
Harare mayor Bernard Manyenyeni said talks were progressing well although the committee set up to negotiate a package for the former town clerk had missed the September 19 deadline.
“We are talking and we are making progress. In fact my team is making progress. The challenge is however that we have failed to meet the deadline of September 19,” he said.
“Reality must be accepted by both teams. I have been briefed on the matter by my team and I am happy with the efforts so far. I look forward to be submitting a report to the Local Government Board next week because the law provides that it has to agree to our terms of separation,” he said.
Mayor Manyenyeni appointed a team led by councillor Enock Mupamaonde to negotiate a package with Dr Mahachi’s representatives.
Council recently endorsed the decision to terminate Dr Mahachi’s contract which was made by the Human Resources and General Purposes Committee.
Mayor Bernard Manyenyeni was authorised to negotiate a package with Dr Mahachi’s lawyers.
Prior to making the High Court application, Dr Mahachi had demanded a golden handshake from the city and among his 22 demands he wanted the city to give him a mansion in Belvedere and two top of the range vehicles.
According to a letter written by his lawyers to mayor Manyenyeni, Dr Mahachi, who earned more than $27 000 per month, wanted the city to pay him more than $100 000 for every year he served the city.
He joined the city in 2007.