By Tatenda Mwale
City Councillors have reportedly rejected the outcome of the interviews for finance director with the local authority advertising for the post (finance director) and that of information technology manager respectively as council seeks to strengthen the management of its financial books and computerisation of its operations.
The recruitment of the two positions comes at a time there are reports that councillors overruled Masimba’s selection despite that he successfully competed against other job seekers for that post.
Although the city treasurer will be a permanent position that of the IT manager would be a fixed six months contract.
Council has been operating without a substantive finance director following the resignation of former treasurer, Edgar Mwedzi leaving Masimba acting in that capacity.
The municipality has also been lagging in computerizing its operations with most departments still resorting to the manual system.
In an interview, mayor Josiah Makombe said it was not feasible for the city to continue operating without a substantive finance boss.
“It’s not healthy for the city not to have a substantive treasurer to oversee our financial books,” he said.
“By advertising for such a post we are also adhering to good corporate governance and financial management.”
Makombe could however not be drawn to comment on allegations that city fathers did not want Masimba to be the substantive finance boss.
But a senior management official said there was bad blood between the acting treasurer and some councillors who felt he (Masimba) was “sabotaging them since he was close to suspended town clerk, Elizabeth Gwatipedza.”
Makombe also said the city needed to engage an information technology guru to oversee the computerisation of all its operations.
“It’s archaic in this day and age to continue relying on the manual system,” said Makombe.
“We need to move with the times and have a proper database of all our operations stored in an electronic manner.”