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Harare Acting Chamber Secretary Chiwawa vies for substantive post

By Staff Writer

HARARE City Council’s (HCC) acting chamber secretary Warren Chiwawa Monday turned up for the substantive interviews on the back of calls by some councilors for the local authority to urgently consider his candidature.

Holder of a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Zimbabwe, an MBA majoring in Strategic Management from the National University of Science and Technology and currently finalising the Master of Laws in International Law with the University of Zimbabwe over above other certificates in Human Rights, Conciliation and Arbitration, Chiwawa has pragmatic legal experience.

Speaking to panelists during the HCC’s public interviews   Monday, the seasoned barrister said he was the best person for the job.

“I believe I am the right candidate for this post because I have seen it all having spent 15 years as a legal practitioner, three of which were in public governance having worked there as a senior law officer.

“I drafted several Statutory Instruments and actual Acts notably the Indigenization Act the Older Persons Bill. Amendments to the Public Management Act, Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Act and the Finance Act between 2009 and 2011.

“I also drafted over 200 by- laws for a number of local authorities including the City of Harare then from 2014 up to now I have also been involved in a lot of   legal work around local authorities,” he said.

He also revealed that he has worked as a Consultant for   Raindrops where he did labour training for companies like NetOne, Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA) .

Chiwawa said he has been in the hierarchy of the Harare City Council as Senior legal officer, chief legal officer, head legal in acting capacity and as Chamber Secretary in an acting capacity for a period in excess of three years.

“We have done very well, you remember there was a time in 2021 when the situation went haywire after all the executives were hounded out of the organisation but despite that we managed to keep the organisation afloat and we managed to still consult from within and from without to ensure that the organisation remained on its feet,” he said.

This week’s interviews coincided with calls from a section of councilors for the local authority to urgently consider his candidature on the strength of the illustrious work he has done so far.

“He volunteered to take up the post of acting chamber secretary about three years ago when many in the legal department when willing do to so. On the grounds of legitimate expectation, I believe there is need for Harare to also consider the commitment he demonstrated over the years,” one councilor said on condition of anonymity.

 

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