By Malvern Mrewa
Gweru business tycoon, Enos Size has been appointed Chairperson of a two men Commission to run the affairs of until the swearing in of new Councillors.
According to a letter to the Midlands Provincial Administrator from the Local Government Minister, July Moyo said, following the dissolution of parliament by President Mnangagwa as enshrined in the Zimbabwean constitution Section 143(1), the appointment of commissioners comes also under Section 80 of the Urban Councillors Act (Chapter 29: 15) which provides that Local Authorities will be presided over by commissioners prior to the swearing in of new councillors.
Nugget Manyima also a businessman and retired academic will serve as deputy to Size and both will be taking over at a time when the city is faced with a Typhoid outbreak which has claimed several deaths.
The commission will be guided by the following terms of reference,
(1) To preside over Local Authorities on an interim basis, until a Council is sworn in.
(2) To strictly adhere to existing statutes in all Council activities and operations.
(3)To avoid making far reaching decisions on behalf of the Local Authority without consulting the ministry.
(4) a) Shall not engage in land/ stands allocations.
- b) Not enter into agreements involving joint ventures.
- c) Not engage in acquisition and/ or disposal of council property.
- d) Not employ new staff.
- e) Not to deal with tenders.
Gweru residents have since welcomed the decision by the minister to appoint Enos Size as head of the commission to run the affairs of the city, saying they are confident he will be able to address urgent issues affecting council since he has proved to be an achiever in all that he does.
Meanwhile other Commissioners were also appointed in the rest of the province who will preside over Rural District Councils, local Boards, Town Councils and Municipalities.