Former Chinhoyi executive mayor, Faber Chidarikire, has written to Chinhoyi Municipality demanding for the local council to award him a golden handshake including a house, vehicle and three property stands.
Chidarikire, who also served as long-time Mashonaland West provincial governor under the late former president Robert Mugabe, also requested the local authority to grant him exemption from paying council rates and other related tariffs. He wrote to the council:
I am Honourable Faber Chidarikire. I am requesting council to consider payment of benefits that were or are associated with the office of mayor, as you may recall l was ceremonial mayor of Chinhoyi between 1991 and 1995.
Thereafter, l served as executive mayor of Chinhoyi between 1995 to 1999. I did not receive any benefits at the expiry of my term.
During Thursday’s full council meeting, town clerk Maxwell Kaitano advised councillors the onus, either to grant or deny Chidarikire the gratuity, lay with Local Government Minister July Moyo.
The councillors resolved to push for payment of Chidarikire’s golden handshake after Ward 15 councillor, Innocent Mangwanya (ZANU PF), moved a motion to have the matter escalated to the parent ministry.
At the same full council meeting, chamber secretary Abel Gotora notified councillors that Local Government Minister Moyo had directed Chinhoyi Municipality to hand over property stands to another former mayor and his deputy who were fired.
Claudius Nyamhondoro (MDC) and his then deputy Willie Nyambe, were unceremoniously fired from the local council at the height of purges by then Local Government Minister, Ignatius Chombo.
Minister Moyo said Nyamhondoro and his MDC counterparts were entitled to their benefits as they were still councillors during the time of their removal until the 2013 elections were conducted.