Harare ropes in ZRP in probe

HARARE - Harare City Council had enlisted the services of Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) to investigate allegations of corruption levelled against officials from the city’s valuation and estate management division.

Twenty-seven council workers have since been suspended following a crackdown on illegal car sales which exposed graft from one of council’s cash cows.

The workers were suspended on allegations that they have been issuing illegal licences to unregistered car dealers.

“We have the support of the police in our investigations,” Stanley Ndemera, acting city treasurer told a press briefing yesterday.

Allegations against the suspended workers led by acting head of department Eben Francisco are that they have been issuing out fake licences to car dealers while at the same time taking their money for protection.

The scam was exposed when some of the victims’ car sales were demolished although they claimed that they had given Francisco and other officials from his department more than $3 000 as protection fee.

Council spokesperson Leslie Gwindi said the local authority, which has a history of corruption, will leave no stone unturned as they battle to clean up the mess.

“This exercise is transparent and needs to redress the imbalances that obtain, it is not personal but we are just trying to clean the mess. No one will be spared in the investigations,” said Gwindi.

“We request all car sales operators who have given monies and or other gifts to any council official to come forward and assist in the investigations,” he said. -
Xolisani Ncube

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