Harare Town Clerk, Dr Tendai Mahachi is back at work barely a week after he was sent on an indefinite forced leave.

Mayor Bernard Manyenyeni however has professed ignorance over the Town Clerk’s return.

Dr Mahachi told the ZBC News off camera that his lawyers have written to the Local Government Board but could not be drawn into revealing the contents of the letter.

Mayor Manyenyeni however said he is not aware of Dr Mahachi’s presence at Town House and maintained that he is still on forced leave.

“He is still on leave, we are sorting out issues in his absence, it's actually news to me that he is here,” he said.

Last week while making his final remarks at the monthly full council meeting, Mayor Manyenyeni sent Dr Mahachi on an indefinite forced leave, saying the move was to pave way for the ironing out of the succession issue and to address hefty salaries being drawn by council executives.

Meanwhile, the Harare City Council has refuted allegations that it’s misplaced priorities are alienating people from the government.

This comes after council lied that it was on course to finish preparing the identified new vending sites but went on to miss the target.

Vendors continue to sell their wares haphazardly on pavements 10 days after the deadline of 26 June elapsed.

Council had promised to complete work on the identified vending sites but 10 days later, progress is still slow.

Harare City Council Spokesperson, Mr Michael Chideme insisted that everything is on course, adding the council is now concentrating on registering people and encouraging the vendors to occupy their newly designated places to avoid confrontation.

"We are not alienating people from government, we are following council procedures in dealing with the matter," he said.

Council also said it is earmarking the relocation of more vendors to areas such as Cripps and Seke Road, City Sports Centre and Coventry holding bay.

An estimated 3000 vendors have registered so far but the sites visited by the ZBC News are not yet ready to be occupied.   

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