Confusion grips Chitungwiza council

HARARE - In a new twist, members of the commission set up to run the affairs at the Chitungwiza Town Council have now been employed by the local authority the Daily News has learnt.

According to sources at the local authority, two members of the Madzudzo Pawadyira-led commission are now district managers at the municipality.

The revelation comes as 13 of the 25 suspended councillors at Chitungwiza were last week acquitted for alleged corruption and abuse of office crimes.

“After the suspension of the councillors, a tribunal and rapid intervention team (RIT) were established to determine the fate of the councillors and resuscitate council operations respectively.

However, barely 12 months after that happened, strange appointments have been going on at the local authority.

“Four members of the RIT are now conflicted as they serve the team and are now employed as district officers.

“Tendai Chiganga is now a town manager at Seke South while still serving as the secretary of the tribunal.

“Joshua Mutembedzi, Alex Mukwewa and Morris Tekwa have also joined Chitungwiza as district managers,” said one employee.

Chitungwiza and Manyame Residents Association chairperson Marvellous Kumalo said the confusion at both administrative and policy-making level was worrisome.

He said it was now unclear who was in charge considering that some councillors were cleared of graft and the caretaker commission was only meant to be around until such a time when the councillors’ fate was heard.

“With all this confusion the biggest loser in the matrix is the residents.

“There is a continued deterioration of service delivery even after the secondment of a caretaker commission, tribunal and an RIT under the guise of saving the town from total disintegration.

“Council might be facing over-bearing administrative costs, however; such burdens must not be transferred to citizens unreasonably.

“The cleared councillors are in line to receive their outstanding allowances while the three commissioners continue to milk the same municipality in allowances.

We implore the ministry of Local Government to urgently intervene and save the residents of Chitungwiza, who instead of witnessing an improvement in service delivery priority is being given to administration and employment expenses,” Kumalo said.

Chitungwiza’s spokesperson Lovemore Meya has, however, denied the allegations arguing that Chiganga was not part of the tribunal.

“Chiganga was only picked to be secretary of the tribunal but he was not directly involved. The others were from the ministries of Local Government and justice as well as Kadoma City Council,” he said.

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