The Harare City Council human resources audit that was completed last week has left the council divided.
Many councillors said in interviews soon after the release of the audit result that they would oppose the report, which they allege was instituted unprocedurally and without councillors’ knowledge and input.
The councillors said senior officials drafted the report in Kariba without the consent of the respective council committees.
The anomaly has created a lot of suspicion among councillors who feel there were senior officials trying to protect workers who were employed on partisan grounds without appropriate qualifications for the posts they held.
The councillors charged that there were many unqualified people on the council’s payroll employed by former commissioners who ran council affairs before new councillors came on board after the 2008 elections.
Last Wednesday, town clerk Tendai Mahachi said the audit was finally complete and a report would soon be forwarded to labour experts to deal with issues arising from the report.
“The audit found out that council was employing more than 9 500 workers and more than 1000 casual employees,” said Mahachi. “The next thing is to get the number validated by people with expertise. Now that we have the numbers, we have to get professionals to tell us how many people we require to run the city,” he said.
Human resources committee chairperson, councillor Panganayi Charumbira, said his committee was in the dark with regards to the audit.
“We (councillors) are the ones who initiated the idea of an audit but we were left out of the process,” Clr Charumbira said.
The audit process was shrouded in controversy after council employees requested the Local Government minister’s intervention as they feared the MDC-T dominated council was on a witch hunt.