LOCAL Government minister Ignatius Chombo has blocked Harare executive mayor Engineer Elias Mudzuri’s salary since he was suspended three months ago.
The mayor has not received his salary even after full council resolved last week that he should be paid.
In an interview this week, Mudzuri said he had not been paid from the time he was suspended despite the fact that council has refused to endorse his suspension.
“My salary has been frozen since the day of suspension,” Mudzuri said. “This was on the basis of a letter written by Chombo on June 16 threatening to fire the entire council if they availed my salary.”
Mudzuri was suspended on April 30 for allegedly refusing to implement government’s directives and for incompetence.
Highly placed sources at council said serious differences had emerged among councillors on how to handle Chombo’s directives.
“Some councillors are afraid of dismissal,” sources said. “The fear has rendered the resolutions council arrived at last week useless as they cannot be effected.”
It is also alleged that the MDC has not offered financial assistance to the mayor since his suspension.
Mudzuri could neither deny nor confirm the allegation, referring questions to the party leadership.
He said the only communication he received from Chombo was his suspension letter.
“Only a copy of the letter written to council was handed over to me when I was in police custody. The letter was ordering council to evict me from my official residence as well as impound my official vehicle.
“The whole issue is political and there is need for a political solution for sanity to prevail at Town House,” he said.
When Mudzuri was voted into office last year Chombo issued directives that all matters connected to finance and human resources go through his office. Mudzuri has refused to follow the directives.