By Stanford Madombwe
POLICE still have not established the whereabouts of self-appointed Harare town clerk Engineer Zvenyika Chawatama, who evaded arrest during a high speed chase along Simon Mazorodze and Chitungwiza Roads last week.
Police sources told the Zimbabwe Voice that Chawatama remains unaccounted for amid indications that he could have skipped the country’s porous borders with Mozambique and Zambia.
“We since launched a manhunt for Chawatama after he evaded arrest over criminal abuse of office charges. He now faces additional charges but I’m not liberty to discuss those now as this would scupper investigations,” a source close to the Chawatama investigations told this reporter.
The source was not at liberty to disclose their identity as they are not cleared to speak on behalf of police.
Allegations are that Chawatama appointed himself acting town clerk illegally and was making decisions which had a bearing on council operations.
He was appointed on December 8 last year to act as town clerk for just three days while Dr Prosper Chonzi was away on council business after briefly acting as town clerk.
After the three days lapsed Chawatama refused to relinquish the post and continued to act as the town clerk and making executive decisions.
On January 15 this year then acting mayor Luckson Mukunguma advised Chawatama that he was no longer the acting town clerk, but the directive was ignored and Chawatama even started restructuring the council administration before the police were finally called in to evict him and preferably arrest him.
They got him out of the office, but he has since gone into hiding.
Meanwhile, Harare City Council health services director Dr Chonzi has been appointed acting town clerk.
Acting mayor councillor Stewart Mutizwa yesterday confirmed that Dr Chonzi started work on Monday.
The delay in appointing an acting town clerk had seen the council failing to secure personal protective equipment for striking workers since there was no official to sign the orders. – Zimbabwe Voice (additional reporting by The Herald) 🔺