The disciplinary hearing into alleged charges of fraud, theft and insubordination against Kwekwe City Treasurer, Albert Zingwe, has failed to take off for the second time in months.
Zingwe was sent on forced leave in June last year, brought back to work in September and suspended in December on several counts ranging from fraud, theft to insubordination.
Zingwe was meant to have appeared before a disciplinary panel headed by a local magistrate on January 5, but will have to wait indefinitely after the hearing failed to take off again.
The embattled treasurer first appeared before a disciplinary panel headed by Kwekwe provincial magistrate Tendai Mahwe on December 23, where the two parties agreed to move the hearing to January 5.
However, the hearing failed to take off as planned and was pushed further to a date still to be advised after the local authority wrote to Zingwe’s lawyers advising them they could not locate one of the members of the hearing committee.
“We confirm that our client (Kwekwe City Council) has not been able to get hold of the town treasurer of Masvingo City Council.
“She is said to be out of office until the end of the month and she is unreachable on her cellphone.
“In view of the forgoing, the matter is unlikely to proceed on January 5, 2011. We shall revert to you once we manage to contact the town treasurer,” wrote lawyer Melina Matshita.
Zingwe’s lawyer Makonese confirmed receiving the letter saying: “We received the letter and we wait to hear from council because our client is anxious to have this matter concluded so that he can resume work.”
Meanwhile, attempts by the local authority to get Zingwe arrested on fraud and theft charges hit a brick wall after police said investigations did not point to a criminal offence.
An officer with CID who spoke on condition of anonymity said the allegations being levelled against Zingwe reflected power struggles within the local authority.