Fungai Lupande in Bindura
FORMER Bindura Town Clerk Shangwa Mavesera, who has reached the age of retirement (60), has requested extension of his contract on the basis that he is still in good health and performance.
In a letter addressed to Bindura mayor, Councillor Carlos Tokyo by Matsikidze Attorneys, Mavesera wants to complete the water reticulation project.
He added that it is clear the council was happy with his performance hence there was no need to turn down his request for an extension of his contract of employment by one year.
“On September, 2020 we note a special full council meeting was convened and the issue of our client’s condition of service and termination was discussed,” read the letter.
“Under clause 5 of the minutes the condition of service of the town clerk was adopted. Provisions are that a town clerk retires at the age of 60. Secondly if he/she wishes may apply for an early retirement at the age of 55.
“Thirdly if the employee wishes may apply to the council for extension of retirement age up to 65 on condition of good health and performance.”
The letter stated that Mavesere applied for an extension of one year to complete a water reticulation project and he was turned down.
He added that it is clear that he is still of good health and performance and the council was happy with his performance.
“What is clear is that the resolution 2052/C/2020 was not based on the employee not having good health and performance. Clause 10 (F) page10 of minutes, it is clear that the council was happy with the employee’s performance,” he said.
“Clearly from the above the employee is entitled to a one-year extension. We demand that the employee’s contract be extended by one year.”
Mavesere retired on September 27 and Kelton Chinowaita was appointed as the acting town clerk.
This comes after councillors resolved not to extend Mavesera’s term of office. He served Bindura for nine years.
Cllr Tokyo said although there was an option to extend his stay by another five years, the decision to let Mavesera go was reached on labour grounds.
Cllr Tokyo said a special full council meeting was convened to deal with two topical issues on the agenda were his retirement package and an option to extend his contract.
“Councillors decided that Mavesera served his office well but it is time for fresh blood to take us to another chapter. We will be calling for him to help us from time to time where the need arises,” he said.
“Mavesera was very hard working and he worked for Bindura Municipality since 2011. He introduced a lot of new things and has done well despite economic challenges.
“The major success was facilitating optimal water supply in Bindura especially during the COVID-19 lockdown period.”