Mahachi justifies 'hefty' salary

HARARE - Harare town clerk Tendai Mahachi has defended his $13 000 salary saying it was approved by the mayor and the Local Government ministry.

He told a parliamentary portfolio committee on Local Government chaired by Zanu PF MP Irene Zindi yesterday that his salary was in line with findings of a local financial auditing firm which was tasked by the Harare Municipality to carry out market research on the salaries earned by council directors.

“My conscience is clear and I have not overpaid myself or undertook any regional or international trip that I am not entitled to because I know that the financial position of the council is very difficult,” Mahachi told lawmakers. “I am employed by the council not anyone else. My job interview was held by the councillors and ministry of Local Government who gave me an employment letter.”

The legislators questioned the rationale of Mahachi and his directors awarding themselves “hefty salaries” at a time when his council was failing to provide adequate service to rate payers.

They also demanded the scrapping of housing and education allowances to the directors which they deemed unnecessary.

Mahachi said the salary was approved after a consultation that was carried by Grant Thornton Camelsa auditing company. He said the Kurasha Commission report also justified their salaries.

He said he had informed the Harare mayor Bernard Manyenyeni and showed him the salary schedule of all directors, which he claimed the mayor had approved.

Mahachi was suspended last month pending investigations into allegations of failing to discharge his duties and furnishing council with the salary schedule for Town House bosses.

The three-month suspension came after media reports that Mahachi, together with 18 managers, took home about $500 000 monthly, an assertion later rubbished by Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo.

Manyenyeni had said the suspension would be for a period of three months and was done in terms of Section 13 of the Urban Councils Act.

But Chombo told a press conference in Harare last month that Mahachi was bouncing back as he could not be used as a sacrificial lamb because of a schedule whose origins were unknown.

Legislators did not approve the salary schedule that Mahachi produced, demanding that it be revised because it was not in sync with the “shoddy service” council was giving to residents.

Comments (15)

that face (mahachi's) i can't even look at it, its nauseating. its like that of a huge, overfed garbage dump-site rodent

muchapondwa - 26 February 2014

So those salary schedules published by print media were false? I think $13k is reasonable but no further allowances

King Zimuto - 26 February 2014

abantu balolunya laba maye sure with the state of our country poor roads no clean water garbage not collected aha mani these Mahachis are evil lo Lobengula wayengcono

mamncane - 26 February 2014

These guys did a survey/market research on the salaries earned by council directors...did they do market research on service delivery?? It is so poor you would not believe this is Harare!!!

David - 26 February 2014

How does your peanut brain expect serviced to improve when you have parasitic tendencies, do you pay your bills. City buys from shops just like anyone else. Mboko, wajaira zvemahara

Dondo - 26 February 2014

US$13,000 is reasonable. Reducing Mahachi's salary will not improve service delivery if anything things might get worse coz honestly who is prepared to work for less than 13k. People improving service delivery takes cash and lots of it. We have to pay our bills. I guess we all want to pay our bills but most of us can't do so because of challenges bedevilling the economy. We can mudsling all we want but until we address the economy holistically service delivery will not improve.

Jose - 26 February 2014

chombo defending mahachi coz they are stealing together,,,,seriously how can the council pay such money wen they cant even supply water ,,

shame chombo - 26 February 2014

USD13000 salary for a council employee is too much, slash it to a maximum of USDS8000 with no allowances take it or leave it.

Mushikashika - 27 February 2014

Jose are you serious that $ 13000 for the quality of service Mahachi delivers is acceptable!!! Sounds to me like you are trying to justify incompetence. Do not forget that the city is not a business but receives it's income from our rates for which we get very little. Your comments are outrageous!!!

saundy - 27 February 2014

The main reason why pple will not pay bills is just because there is no service to back up the bills,imagine refuse going uncolleted for months, roads full of drumholes, no water/strict rationing of water ...and you expect pple to pay bills for such a shoddy service...wake up City of Harare...a salary of that much is like a cart b4 the horse,,,service delivery 1st!!!

David - 27 February 2014

If this twit is earning 13000,00 for a town clerk it is excessive and if he has other "perks thrown in it is now un excusable and he is far exceeding what a town clerk should be earning and he does not even carry out his duties anywhere close to what is required!!!

Sabi - 27 February 2014

according to me they should not even be one person in zimbabwe who works in public sector who should earn more than $5000 a month.the economy does not allow that. not even in america where this money comes from do these people earn more than$10000. we have thieves here and many people dont have conscience.

sammy - 27 February 2014

Zimbabweans are a very crazy lot.Imagine people quarelling about whether to pay $5000.00 or $13 000.00 for 'nothing' really.The Harare town clerk is supposed to provide 'leadership' to council services and the results are all out for anyone to see.How do we rate and value Mahachi's leadership abilities ? My answer is zero, so instead of debating the numbers, focus should be on how soon should we find a replacement. I am sure our Labour Act allows an employer to dismiss an incompetent employee and find a 'suitable' replacement.

Chokwadi chokwadi - 27 February 2014

Chombo is the cancer

Mukanya - 27 February 2014

Oh deary me, when Chombo campaigned it was all about "being the people's servant thus working for the good of the people and community". Now he's that guy from the other side who put and defend people who do none but milk away the little cash God's children contribute for their upkeep. God is greatest Ignatius... God is greatest!

Coolage - 27 February 2014

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