Josephine Ncube

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Josephine Ncube was an employee of Harare City council. She was largely the Chamber Secretary, and at one time (2016) Acting Town Clerk.

Personal Details

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School / Education

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Service / Career

2016 - Acting Town Clerk, Josephine Ncube

Events

In February 2014, Mayor Bernard Manyenyeni sent Josephine Ncube and Acting Director for housing Retired Major Mathew Marara to appear in his place before the Parliamentary Portfolio committee on Local Government, Rural and Urban Development. Chair Irene Zindi said the committee was “disappointed”. The committee was to take evidence on the Caledonia housing project.

Minister Saviour Kasukuwere told the committee that Caledonia was in chaos before their intervention. The Caledonia housing project was then being administered under a government ran parastal called Urban Development Corporation (Udcorp) working in partnership with the CoH. Udcorp took charge after housing cooperatives were rendered illegal.

Ncube is said to be linked to the Zanu-PF party. Last year mayor Manyenyeni suspended Ncube without allowances and salary following an audit report by the local government ministry which fingered her in a salary scandal; however his decision was met with resistance as Ncube was rescinded back. [1]


In 2015, Tendai Mahachi, the Town Clerk, was relieved of duties for retirement. Josephine Ncube was appointed acting Town Clerk. In March 2016, Harare City Council appointed James Mushore as Town Clerk. Then, (the same day) central government, through the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, Saviour Kasukuwere overturned the decision for a flawed hiring process. James Mushore challenged the dismissal in the courts. City Council refused a Ministry directive to re-advertise post. Saviour Kasukuwere spoke to the Acting Town Clerk, Josephine Ncube and Mayor Bernard Manyenyeni speak. The Mayor said our ‘hands are tied’ as the matter is before the courts. There were four matters surrounding this case before the courts. One being Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA) suing Saviour Kasukuwere for abusing the Urban Councils Act. [2]

In December 2016, Josephine Nucbe was accused of interfering with council business while on suspension. She was prohibited from visiting Town House, which she did. CoH suspended Ncube without salary pending investigations last month following a Local Government audit report which unearthed that the executive at the local authority were still receiving hefty salaries and allowances.

Business during the full-council meeting was suspended after Acting Finance Committee Chairperson Luckson Mukunguma moved a motion calling for the nullification of all committee reports which were signed by Ncube while on suspension. “Considering the submissions that have been put forward pertaining the suspension of the acting Town Clerk who happens to report on duty, attend meetings, happens to sign reports, I don’t think this council can consider such reports as reports that are authentic. So I propose all the reports that were signed by the Town Clerk who was on suspension be not considered by this council”, Mukunguma said.

CoH has since upheld a decision to rescind Ncube following orders from the Ministry of Local Government. CoH is facing myriad of challenges with a serious employee salary backlog of four to five months. [3]

In April, 2019, Josephine Ncube sought an amicable retirement from CoH following her suspension. Sources say she requested withdrawal of all disciplinary issues, an apology for malice, and a package so she could leave the city in peace.

She was dismissed after suspension on allegations of financial abuse after they had appeared before a disciplinary panel, after a probe initiated by government unearthed serious financial misappropriation. Along with director for finance Tendai Kwenda, and Human Capital director Cainos Chingombe. Health services director Prosper Chonzi had returned to work after being cleared by the probe team. Josephine Ncube had not appeared before the hearings due to health issues and now sources say she wants out. [4]

Further Reading

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  1. [thestandard.co.zw/2019/04/14/council-boss-plots-exit/ Harare Mayor Manyenyeni boycotts parly], Open Parly, Published: 14 February 2017, Retrieved: 7 January 2020
  2. 2.0 2.1 [Hard Copy Govt, Harare City on collision course], Sunday Mail, Published: 9 October 2016, Retrieved: 4 January 2020
  3. Acting Harare Town Clerk Josephine Ncube in hot soup, Open Parly, Published: 6 December 2016, Retrieved: 7 January 2020
  4. [thestandard.co.zw/2019/04/14/council-boss-plots-exit/ Council boss plots exit], 'The Standard, Published: 14 April 2019, Retrieved: 7 January 2020