By Staff Reporter
The Law Society of Zimbabwe (LSZ) executive secretary Edward Mapara who is also a former Kwekwe City council chamber secretary is amongst the five candidates who are vying to replace long serving Kwekwe City council Town Clerk Emmanuel Musara.
Musara late last year retired from his lofty Kwekwe council job after over two decades in the service of the Midlands mining city.
The city’s Director of Central Administration Lucia Mkandla who is part of the candidates has been an acting Town Clerk since September.
Mkandla it has been gathered made it to the top five candidates though she was tipped as the favourite to land the post.
Other candidates who are also vying for the post are acting finance director for Gweru City Council Owen Masimba, Chitungwiza Housing Director Hazel Sithole and another candidate identified as Siziba.
Kwekwe Deputy Mayor Shadreck Tobaiwa said council after conducting of the interviews had submitted the names to the Local Government Board for consideration.
Kwekwe City contracted an independent Human Resources firm to conduct the interviews.
“There is a private human resources company that was hired to assist with the interviews and we were part of the process as councillors. There are five candidates whom we interviewed but there were three who were then shortlisted,” said Tobaiwa.
Sources indicated that the LSZ boss and the Gweru City council executive had impressed during the interviews.
Mapara left Kwekwe city in 2008 after having served the city since the turn of the millennium.
Meanwhile, the outgone Musara was increasingly becoming under fire from MDC councillors at Town House for his links to the governing Zanu PF party.
The ex-combatant who joined the city in 1997 had his ambitions to represent Kwekwe City council fluffed after he was thumped in Zanu PF internal polls to represent Kwekwe Central constituency by a cleric and a gold magnet Kandross Mugabe.
The veteran administrator in his farewell speech gushed Mnangagwa’s praises for offering him support as Town Clerk from the time the now State leader was MP for the area.
The former scribe joined Kwekwe City Council after having served for 15 years in the Local Government ministry as District Administrator.
His service to the country in various capacities within the ministry stretches to 38 years.
Before that, he worked as a journalist with Moto magazine as a Midlands correspondent.