KWEKWE- Former Kwekwe Chamber Secretary, Edward Mapara, is eyeing the Kwekwe
Town Clerk position after he handed in his application for consideration for
the mining town’s top post.
Mapara, who served the local authority from 2000 to 2008 before moving to Mutare City Council, is battling it out with Acting Town Clerk, Dr Lucia Mnkandla and three other whose names could not be established.
The position fell vacant after the retirement of long serving Emmanuel Ngwena Musara who retired in December 2018 after serving for more than two decades.
Mapara has become a threat to Acting Town Clerk Mnkandla who was tipped as a natural successor to Musara.
In an interview, Kwekwe Deputy Mayor Councillor Shadreck Tobaiwa confirmed that five names have been forwarded to the Local Government Board for further scrutiny.
“We submitted five names to the board for consideration. The five had made it past the initial stages and interviews at the local authority level.So we await the outcome of the local government board,” said Cllr Tobaiwa.
Cllr Tobaiwa however could not be drawn into commenting and divulging names of the five candidates but said there was overwhelming response to the advertisement.
“I am not at liberty to say names now as it is now a matter before the Local Government Board. We have played our part and we now await the outcome of the board. What I can say for now is that there are five names,” he said.
Sources within council however said Mapara had made it into the top three together with two other whose names could not be mentioned.
Mapara has become the hot favourite for the post and he has become a threat to Acting Town Clerk Lucia Mnkandla who expected a stroll in the park to the position.
According to the same source, Acting Town Clerk, Mrs Lucia Mnkandla did not make it into the top three.
“She failed to make it and the submission of five names was a way of covering up for her. She would be disappointed if she does not get the post as she has served the council for more than two decades and this was supposed to be a way of a reward for loyalty,” said the source.