HARARE – Harare town clerk James Mushore has filed an urgent chamber application in the High Court against acting mayor Chris Mbanga seeking to compel him to unlock his office at Town House.
The office was locked by Mbanga, who insists Mushore, a former NMBZ Holdings group chief executive officer, was barred from work until his matter was finalised.
Mbanga has since been suspended by the MDC, which asserts the acting mayor has gone rogue.
Deputy Harare mayor Mbanga took over as acting mayor in April after mayor Bernard Manyenyeni was suspended by government, which accused him of improper conduct and insubordination for appointing a new town clerk despite government objections.
Government had argued that the appointment of Mushore had not been approved by the Local Government Board.
Mushore was suspended the same day he was appointed.
Following the decision of the MDC-run Harare City Council to appoint Mushore to the post of town clerk, Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere, in almost unseemly haste, had a letter delivered to the council stating that he was rescinding the decision of council.
Kasukuwere reportedly called in the deputy mayor Mbanga and advised him that he was now the acting Harare mayor after suspending Manyenyeni.
As the MDC lodged an urgent chamber application in the High Court to rescind the decision to fire Manyenyeni, Mbanga was stopping Mushore from reporting for duty at Town House.
Mushore confirmed that he had approached the High Court on Friday seeking a declaratory order that Mbanga opens his office so that he could carry out his official duties.
The matter is yet to be set down for a hearing.