HARARE mayor Bernard Manyenyeni was in no show at Parliament on Tuesday where he was expected to appear before the Local Government Parliamentary Portfolio Committee.
Manyenyeni was supposed to present on local authority’s involvement at Caledonia’s Housing Project in which home seekers were fleeced of about $3, 6 million in land scams.
The committee chaired by Mutasa South legislator Irene Zindi had to adjourn the meeting after only Town Clerk Josephine Ncube came in his stead for unspecified reasons.
“We need to give you a message that you should take back to the Mayor that it is the view and serious concern of this committee that somehow he is not taking the business of this committee seriously,” said Zindi.
“Why? Because he didn’t turn-up. There was no apology from him until you (town clerk) have turned up for the meeting.
“Not even his deputy has been delegated to stand on his behalf therefore it is a very strong view of this committee that he may not be taking the business of this committee seriously. We take his worship as the head of the institution so there is no oral evidence that can take place today without him.”
Zindi said parliament will give him another opportunity to sanitise his conduct.
“Convey the message that, as we are going to write a letter the second time inviting him, he has to appear before this committee. If he is not able, he should inform through the normal channels of parliament on time other than what has transpired today,” she said.
Ncube said, “I have taken note of the strong sentiments that you have expressed and I will take the message to him worship the Mayor,” said Ncube.
Appearing before the same committee last week, Local Government minister, Saviour Kasukuwere, said both Zanu PF and MDC councillors in Harare had entered into an unholy alliance for the convenience of parcelling out land.
Sources privy to the goings on at Town House seemed to suggest that Manyenyeni has lost support of councillors from his party because of his failure to condone such corrupt tendencies and his commitment to rationalize salaries—a situation that has made his work difficult.