Town clerk writes a book


RETIRING Gwanda town clerk Gilbert Mlilo has written a book that would narrate his experiences in local governance.


Speaking at his farewell party last Friday, Mlilo, who retires at the end of this week after serving the Gwanda municipality for almost three decades, said the book would focus on the successes and challenges he faced in his 26-year career.

“The book will be published in four months’ time and if you want to know my experiences in local governance then you should buy the book,” Mlilo said.

He said his biggest achievement was securing funding for the construction of USAid Township.

Mlilo said his appointment to office was met with stiff resistance, but he was eventually accepted due to his hard work.

He said his biggest challenge was when the MDC-led council headed by former mayor Lionel De Necker refused to endorse chamber secretary Priscilla Nkala to her current position.

“The ministry thought l was siding with council while council also thought l was on the ministry’s side. l was caught in between, but l am glad the issue was finally resolved,” Mlilo said.

Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo eventually fired De Necker for defiance paving way for Nkala’s appointment.

Nkala is set to succeed Mlilo.

Mlilo joined the then Gwanda Rural District Council in 1988 aged 39.

His track record came under scrutiny this year when it was revealed that he was being paid about $18 000 per month.

Residents were shocked that Mlilo and four top council managers rewarded themselves so excessively while there was no service delivery.