City council salaries to be made public

HARARE - Harare City councillors want salaries of their management team made public to ascertain reports that top executives are milking the city dry.

This follows reports that management has been concealing its huge salary bill.

A Local Government audit report presented to councillors on Monday revealed “shocking” salary and allowances anomalies.

Rugare councillor Peter Moyo said management has been hiding their wage bill since 2008.

The report presented to council by Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere showed that instead of the highest earning director getting $10 475, management was still paying each other in excess of $20 000 per month.

This comes as workers have a salary backlog of eight months.

“We have been crying for this kind of transparency since 2008 and it is unfortunate it had to come out through a report from your ministry. The rudeness and stubbornness exhibited by management when they talk to us about this salary issue is appalling. They just do not listen to us,” Moyo said.

Kasukuwere said councillors should not be obsessed with settling personal vendettas.

“If I had a choice, I would fire the whole council but the bigger picture is ensuring that residents receive quality service. You should learn to depersonalise issues and work for development,” Kasukuwere said.

The ministry report indicated that 40 executives received education allowances of over $800 000 as well as holiday leave allowances of more than $300 000.

It also revealed nine executives were overpaid their retrenchment packages by $1,2 million while also receiving unbudgeted bonuses amounting to more than $600 000.

The report also revealed that $282 000 was transferred into retrenched executive managers’ bank accounts from the local authority’s Beer Levy and Estates account outside employment costs.

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