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'''Vakayi Douglas Chikwekwe''' is a former Zimbabwean magistrate. He is also an author. in 2019, he was made Acting [[Gweru]] Town councillor, being promoted from [[Gweru|Gweru City Council]]'s chamber secretary.
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'''Vakayi Douglas Chikwekwe''' is a former Zimbabwean magistrate. He is also an author. in 2019, he was made Acting [[Gweru]] Town Clerk, being promoted from Chamber Secretary.
  
 
==Personal Details==
 
==Personal Details==

Revision as of 11:43, 29 March 2020

Vakayi Douglas Chikwekwe
Occupation
  • Magistrate
Known forFormer Harare magistrate, Gweru City Council.

Vakayi Douglas Chikwekwe is a former Zimbabwean magistrate. He is also an author. in 2019, he was made Acting Gweru Town Clerk, being promoted from Chamber Secretary.

Personal Details

No information could be found on his age, place of birth, or family.

School / Education

No information could be found on his Junior or High School, or any tertiary education.

Service

Before his retirement as Harare provincial magistrate, Chikwekwe was the longest serving provincial magistrate for Harare after spending more than three years in that office. He was credited with being a key figure in ensuring the survival of the lower courts and clearing a huge backlog of cases.[1]

Books

  • An Introduction to the Legal System of Zimbabwe (2016)

Events

In 2015, Chikwekwe assaulted one of his subordinates Rare Saidi, a court recorder who was working under the Clerk of Court at Rotten Row magistrate’s court, after he found him in a room he had barred staff from using.

It was reported that Chikwekwe assaulted Saidi with fists before stabbing him on top of his eye with the tip of a ballpoint pen. Saidi later filed assault charges against him at Harare Central police and was referred to Parirenyatwa Hospital for treatment.[2]

A board of inquiry was to receive Elizabeth Gwatipedza, 30 October 2019 to hear her testimony into the allegations leading to her 15 October 2019 suspension. The allegations include

  • failure to co-ordinate, monitor and supervise all departments resulting in employees working in silos which consequently affected service delivery.
  • negligence of duty which resulted in council being prejudiced financially.
  • contravention of the Public Procurement and Debt Management Act.
  • continuously exhibiting inconsistency in the discharge of her duties.

Mr Vakayi Douglas Chikwekwe, assumed the post of acting Town Clerk. However, there are allegations he looted more than 4 500 litres of fuel worth over $70 000 from the cash strapped local authority. In a letter dated 15 September, written to Mr Chikwekwe by Ms Gwatipedza it is alleged that he committed 84 counts of fuel theft after claiming more fuel than what he was entitled to. It also emerged that Ms Gwatipedza was in the process of suspending him for contravening Section 4 (d) (Theft or Fraud) of the Labour Act SI15 of 2006 when she was suspended on allegations of mismanagement and incompetence. [3]


References

  1. Tarisai Machakaire, An ode to provincial magistrate Chikwekwe, Daily News, published: December 4, 2016, retrieved: June 28, 2017
  2. Senior Harare magistrate runs amok, stabs subordinate on the eye, NewZimbabwe.com, published: November 18, 2015, retrieved: June 28, 2017
  3. Gweru Town Clerk’s hearing begins, The Chronicle, Published: 29 October 2019, Retrieved: 26 March 2020