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Controversy in Harare, Zimbabwe, City Hall Over Alleged Political Firing

  • Jonga Kandemiiri

Deputy Mayor Emmanuel Chiroto said Harare City Council does not have the powers to fire or hire anyone as such powers are still vested in ZANU-PF through Local Government Minister Ignatius Chombo

Harare Deputy Mayor Emmanuel Chiroto said it was not true, as some have charged, that his City Council fired 20 of 120 National Youth Service workers who were ZANU-PF sympathisers to replace them with Movement for Democratic Change activists.

The 20 fired workers, working as municipal police, have written to ZANU-PF Secretary for Administration Didymus Mutasa over the issue.

Mutasa confirmed the receipt of the letter to VOA and said he had tried to reach Harare Mayor Muchadeyi Masunda to discuss the issue, but without success.

But Chiroto told VOA reporter Jonga Kandemiiri the Harare City Council does not have the powers to fire or hire anyone as these powers are still vested in ZANU-PF through Local Government Minister Ignatius Chombo.

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