Fired Bulawayo Deputy Mayor challenges dismissal at High Court

Gift Banda is challenging his dismissal by Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Saviour Kasukuwere at the High Court. Banda was the deputy mayor for Bulawayo until he was fired by Kasukuwere on the recommendation of an independent tribunal. Banda was fired for alleged gross misconduct and mismanagement following suspension in September last year along side Ward 21 Councillor Reuben Matengu.

Banda, is seeking an order nullifying the decision of the independent tribunal and an order declaring him not guilty of any act of misconduct. He also wants the court to reinstate him to his council positions without any loss of allowances and benefits.

Part of Banda’s court papers read:

The basis of this application is that the decision of the first respondent (independent tribunal) of finding me guilty of an act of gross misconduct in the acquisition of a lease by Entertainment Headquarters is grossly irregular and unreasonable. It is premised on the independent tribunal’s grossly irregular and unreasonable finding that by co-signing the application for a lease by Entertainment Headquarters I wanted to influence the decision on the application yet council did not approve or grant the application, which I had co-signed.

More: Chronicle

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