Harare keeps execs payroll secret

HARARE - An audit of Harare City Council (HCC)’s activities has revealed that the authority’s executive payroll is kept a secret to the Local Government ministry and city fathers.

According to findings of the audit by the Saviour Kasukuwere-headed ministry, only the human capital director (HCD) and chamber secretary are signatories to the city’s executive payroll, leaving room for manipulation.

This comes as the Daily News last week reported that the audit exposed gross maladministration of performance bonuses and retrenchment packages by HCC.

This resulted in Harare mayor, Bernard Manyenyeni, suspending acting town clerk, Josephine Ncube — who was also fingered in the alleged misappropriation of the local authority’s funds. The audit report indicated that 40 executive managers in grades 1 to 4 have their payroll and salaries account solely administered by the HCD, Cainos Chingombe.

“Audit noted that there were no internal checks and control systems as the HCD compiled the payroll for the executives, requested and received funds from the finance director and did the disbursements to the bank accounts of the 40 executive managers through the executive salaries bank account,” the ministry said in the audit report.

“The HCC’s internal audit department was not privy to auditing the executive payroll and the executive salaries bank account hence there was no transparency in the way the executive managers’ salaries were administered.”

“The HCD and the chamber secretary were the only signatories of the executive salaries bank account also threatening the internal check and control systems,” the ministry said.

The report also revealed that in the city’s 2015 and 2016 budgets, there was no mention of the salaries and allowances for the executive managers.

“Audit noted that HCC’s actual total employment cost for the year 2015 was $129 646 244 whilst the approved budgeted total employment cost was $111 266 250 resulting in an unfavourable variance of $18 379 994,” the audit report said.

Furthermore, the report also revealed that $282 000 was transferred into retrenched executive managers bank accounts from HCC’s Beer Levy and Estates account outside of employment costs by then finance controller, Tendai Kwenda.

In the report, former town clerk, Tendai Mahachi, received $75 000, former finance director Cosmas Zvikaramba got $130 000, Chingombe received $35 000 while director of works Phillip Pfukwa got $42 000-all between January and October 2014. In its recommendations, the Local Government ministry gave HCC a November 30 ultimatum to put its house in order.

Residents Forum coordinator, Denford Ngadziore, said heads must roll at the HCC as residents were suffering from incompetence while senior management was benefiting.

“As residents we rally behind and encourage the city fathers to put order and sanity at Town House once and for all...all the accused  in management should repay the money as we wait for justice to take its course,” he said.

Comments (3)

I support Ngadziore 100% vanhu/mbavha idzi ngadzidzore mari yese. vanayo haina kushanda kana kutora ma assets avo zvienderane nekubira vanotambura (isusu) kwavakaita. vanoisa mitemo yakaoma yekuti unofunga kuti vari kuda kuti guta risimukire izvo kwete kuda kuzowana kumora (seuchi). vakange vatorerwa ngavapfuure nekuChikurubi nzvimbo dzavo dziriko vanongobatana netimu yekubhaiza kutengera vanhu mabhasikoro nekuti vakapa diesel 100 000L. MBAVHA idzi dzinoti ko vana chinotimba vasina Govt Ministry yavainayo vonokorawo payi??????????????? regai kudaro veduweeee.

munyimi - 8 November 2016

rangarirai mbavha dzese idzi from directors and the like....they are all presidential material with all what it takes and understand everything they new they wont be caught they are aware if the master is their big boss the president of the country is not honest not even straight they follow who....corruption from the top .....they are aware they are doing the wrong thing and no one will be arrested check zimra,check city of harare check everywhere its the gushungo way..........

dofo - 8 November 2016

Cainos Chimombe Cainos CHIMOMBE, Chomombe, chimombe,,,,,,,,,,,,, Unechokwadi kuba mari uchinima manesi pay. HAUNYARI HERE. Vakasukuwere manesi ava ne 6 months salary backlog vanorapa vanhu sei. Va Mugabe pindirai baba vedu. Kanzuru yaurawa na Chimombe achiba. NGAAENDE NDAPOTA VANHU VASATI VAPERA KUFA. cHIMOMBE ANOBHADHARA MAGRADES EPASI KUVHARA MA SRIKE ONYIMA BETWEEN GRADE 5 KUSVIKIRA 12. ANOPA MARI MAGIRLFRIENDS AKE. Please Mayor Chimombe ngaaende. kutambirira human capital yaasinga bhadhari. stupid

Pasipemuswe - 9 November 2016

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