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Town clerk hid salaries from us — councillors

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Harare city councillors have threatened to stop outrageous salaries paid out to top managers after NewsDay last week exposed the high amounts the municipality is paying to senior staffers.
In separate interviews, councillors said they have been denied access to salary schedules since they took office in 2008. The city fathers, however, said they will now move in to address the anomaly.
“These salaries are outrageously shocking. For a long time (town clerk Tendai) Mahachi has been hiding salary schedules from us but we are supposed to be employers of these people,” fumed Councillor Wellington Chikombo. “It’s a clandestine payroll that is kept a closely-guarded secret from employers. Mahachi and those he is in cahoots with are suppressing information. We are going to fight tooth and nail to get that payroll and we will continue to fight on behalf of residents.”
Chikombo said the salary issue was making council unpopular with residents. “Reports of hefty perks are creating a bad name for council and will ultimately make us unpopular with the people we are supposed to serve (ratepayers).”
Chikombo, who is the chairperson of the business committee, said councillors were going to shake the pillars of “dictatorship” at Town House. Councillor Casper Takura echoed the same sentiments saying: “We wonder why they deny us the payroll and we suspect something is happening behind our backs, something enriching management.”
While councillors say they are pushing to get the payroll to ascertain the authenticity of media reports on salaries, Harare mayor Muchadeyi Masunda last week said it was illegal to publicise other people’s salaries.
A salary structure made available to NewsDay last week shows that a council employee in
Grade one, believed to be the Town Clerk, earns a gross salary of $13 422, 78. With benefits such as fuel allowance, school fees and other perks, sources said the salary was estimated to be above $15 000. The issue is expected to take centre stage at the coming full council meeting on Thursday.

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