|Bernard G. Manyenyeni|
|Alma mater||University of Derby|
|Employer||Altfin Life Assurance|
|Known for||Being Mayor of Harare|
|Spouse(s)||Fran (nee Mukura)|
Bernard Manyenyeni is a Zimbabwean politician and business executive. He's the current mayor of Harare (2013 - 2018), On 20 April 2016, he was suspended from the Mayor position for unprocedurally appointing James Mushore as Harare Town Clerk. On 6 June, Manyenyeni was reinstated as mayor after government failed to set up an independent tribunal to try him for violating Sections of the Urban Councils Act. Less than 24 hours later, he was suspended again, for failing to carry out an order to audit the city’s business ventures. His second suspension was carried out by then Acting Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo as the then Minister Saviour Kasukuwere had travelled to China.
Manyenyeni first did his primary education at St Clare’s Primary School Murehwa before moving toMurehwa Central Primary School and the laterBindura Salvation Army Primary School in Bindura. He did his secondary education at St Ignatius College and later Marlborough High School.
- Sales and Reservations Assistant at Air Malawi Limited from March 1985 to August 1985.
- Junior Account Executive at Old Mutual Limited Group Pensions from September 1985 to July 1990.
- Senior Broker at Zimbabwe Insurance Brokers Limited from Aug 1990 to May 1998.
- Divisional Manager in May 1998 and then Operations Director June 1999 at AON Zimbabwe.
- In August 2003 he joined GP2 Asset Management as the Marketing Director. He then became Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer in October 2004. The company shut down in 2005.
- He is currently the General Manager and Principal Officer of Altfin Life Assurance Company.
Mayor of Harare
In 2013 he was the councillor of Mount Pleasant. In September 2013 he was elected Mayor of Harare for a 5 year term beating Zanu-PF's Musatye Gwasira by a margin of 31 votes. He succeeded Muchadeyi Masunda.
Suspension from mayor position
On 20 April 2016, Manyenyeni was suspended by Minister of Local Government, Saviour Kasukuwere, from the position of Mayor of Harare for appointing former NMB Bank chief executive James Mushore as the city’s town clerk in violation of the Urban Councils Act. He was suspended with immediate effect. Manyenyeni challenged the suspension at the High Court. Manyenyeni sought the nullification of the suspension and the and for the court to bar Minister Kasukuwere from interfering with his operations as Mayor of Harare.
High Court Justice Mary Dube said in terms of the law the minister was only empowered to suspend a mayor, but removal from office required the appointment of an independent tribunal to determine the matter. She ruled that if an independent tribunal is not in place in terms of the Constitution within 45 days of the suspension of the matter then Manyenyeni would be entitled to reinstatement.
In Zimbabwe however, there was no law for setting up the independent tribunal required under the new Constitution and the 45 day-window expired before the law could be amended. On 6 June, Manyenyeni was reinstated as mayor after government failed to set up an independent tribunal to try him.
However, less than 24 hours later Acting Local Government,Public Works and National Housing Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo, suspended Manyenyeni again, this time apparently for failing to carry out an order to audit the city’s business ventures. Manyenyeni approached the high court and argued that the minister was abusing legal process by splitting charges against him so that each time his suspension period expired, he would suspend him again. If this was allowed, he argued, the Minister could suspend him indefinitely through periodic renewals of the suspension with fresh charges being brought against him on each occasion. The judge agreed with the Mayor and revoked the second suspension
A few hours later, Manyenyeni was arrested by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) and charged with criminal abuse of public office arising from his appointment of former banker Mr James Mushore as Harare’s town clerk. He was in police custody for 2 days before being taken to the magistrates court in Harare where a magistrate ordered the immediate release of Harare Mayor Bernard Manyenyeni after it emerged that he had been detained beyond the legal limit.
Turning down honorary degree
Speaking to the Daily News, Manyenyeni said:
I knew my turn would surely come. I spent the last few years laughing when people were receiving these dubious degrees, so I will not accept it now. An honorary degree is an honour when it’s coming out of a proper institution, it is earned out of service but these degrees are a mockery to Zimbabwe.
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- Innocent Ruwende, Manyenyeni suspended, The Herald, Published:21 April 2016, Retrieved: 21 April 2016
- Alex Magaisa, Welcome to the “rule of law”: made in Zimbabwe, Alex Magaisa, Published: 29 June 2016, Retrieved:5 July 2016
- Innocent Ruwende and Ivan Zhakata, Manyenyeni arrested, The Herald, Published:30 June 2016 , Retrieved5 July 2016
- Fungai Lupande, Court frees Manyenyeni, The Herald, Published:2 July 2016, Retrieved:5 July 2016
- Farayi Machamire, Harare Mayor snubs "bogus" degree, Daily News, published: May 10, 2017, retrieved: May 10, 2017