GWANDA municipal workers and residents are set to bid farewell to retiring town clerk Gilbert Mlilo at a party to be held at the Gwanda District Club on Friday.
Mlilo retires at the end of this month following almost three decades of service to the municipality.
He first joined the Gwanda municipality in 1988 and has overseen the town’s development in the last 26 years.
The town council recently acquired a compactor truck that is set to ease the local authority’s refuse collection problem. Gwanda town had become an eyesore with piles of uncollected garbage in residential areas exposing residents to potential disease outbreaks.
Gwanda mayor Knowledge Ndlovu yesterday confirmed Mlilo’s farewell party saying it would be a way of thanking him for the hard work he put in improving the operations of council during his long tenure.
“We will host a farewell party for him in recognition of his efforts as town clerk for such a long period,” he said.
Mlilo’s career as town clerk came under scrutiny recently following revelations that he was the second highest paid council administrator in the country grossing about $18 000 monthly. He has maintained that he is not greedy and has worked hard to develop the Matabeleland South administrative capital.
The town council is yet to appoint Mlilo’s replacement from the nine shortlisted candidates who were interviewed for the top job last month.