Town clerk attempts to boycott councillors meeting

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FRANCISTOWN: Francistown City Council clerk Charles Amos was forced to apologise to incensed councillors after he tried to boycott a council meeting recently arguing that he and his staff members did not feel safe in the tumultuous meeting.

Amos had delayed the meeting by confining himself to his office.A number of councillors had called the meeting over poor service delivery in the city, which they felt is turning the electorate against them. Councillors cried that Amos was taking them for granted and said they would not beg him to do his work.

Things fell apart as early as 9am when only a few councillors, staff and members of the public sat shooting the breeze in the chambers. The meeting had been adjourned amid recriminations on Monday.Both the mayor and the city clerk were nowhere to be seen.Committee chairpersons and former mayors were subsequently requested, albeit in vain, to intervene as the town clerk was virtually refusing to come to the meeting. Former mayors Shadreck Nyeku and Ignatius Moswaane pointedly shook their heads in refusal, opting to continue the waiting game while threatening to also leave "if the city clerk does not come to his senses soon".

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