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Finance director’s suspension opens Pandora’s box


The suspension of Kwekwe city council director of finance, Alfred Zingwe, could open a can of worms at the municipality after workers vowed to expose more senior officials engaged in fraudulent activities but whose cases have been reportedly swept under the carpet.
Zingwe was last week suspended to pave way for investigations into cases of alleged financial mismanagement involving thousands of dollars.
While the city council said it had stepped up efforts to stamp out corruption, workers said those being fired and suspended were being victimised to thwart the probe.
Zingwe was suspended last week to allow investigations of alleged misuse of funds received from indigenous companies who sold water chemicals to the city.
Three other council workers from a municipal clinic were recently suspended and subsequently fired by the local authority over alleged mismanagement of funds and are set to appear in court soon.
The three however vowed to fight what they said was unfair dismissal in the courts claiming the city fathers “were barking up the wrong tree”.
Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo has declared war on corrupt councils saying his ministry would not hesitate to take those found wanting to the guillotine.
Mayor Shadreck Tobaiwa told NewsDay on Tuesday that the drastic measures proved the municipality did not tolerate corruption.
“Investigations are going on and the treasurer was sent on forced leave,” he said.
The treasurer was ejected by the town clerk Ngwena Musara for allegedly tampering with money received from businesspeople who supplied water chemicals.
Workers over the weekend queried the qualifications of those in council high offices questioning their style of management.
“We know of serious cases of corruption that are taking place within council and we are ready to talk if we get the right protection. If we try to expose these guys now the axe will fall on us,” said a council employee.

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