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Pay $42 000 for $600 fraud probe — Chombo


Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo has ordered the Harare City Council to pay $42 000 in fees to a team of investigators which he commissioned to probe the alleged abuse of $600.

Chombo’s probe team led by Christopher Shumba was tasked by the minister to investigate councillors Casper Takura and Warship Dumba for allegedly making false fuel claims worth $600.

The councillors made the fuel claims when they went to Kariba to attend a council meeting. At the end of its investigations, Shumba’s team concluded the two councillors had a case to answer.
They had “fraudulently claimed mileage when it is evident they did not own the vehicles they were using”, the investigators said.

Council says it has not received the report by Shumba’s team but nonetheless Chombo has written to the Mayor of Harare, Muchadeyi Masunda, ordering council to pay the Shumba team $42 000.

Chombo has in the recent past ordered payments of huge amounts to other teams he instituted to probe councillors — even without the teams providing council with reports of their investigations as proof they had done some work.

Council has resisted paying some of these probe teams and has been at loggerheads with Chombo over the issue.

Masunda yesterday confirmed receipt of the letter from Chombo (ordering payment) and said council would decide whether or not to pay the team.

“I got a letter from Chombo to pay $42 000 for alleged misdemeanour (investigations) on councillors Dumba and Takura,” mayor Masunda said. “I don’t even know what they did to warrant a probe. All I hear is there is a team but we are yet to get a report on their findings.”

Masunda said this in his address to a full council meeting on Thursday.

Chombo was not immediately available for comment as his mobile went unanswered.

Part of the report by Shumba’s team reads: “Upon perusal and analysis on internal control records and verification of the hotel records, Central Vehicle Registry and the Companies Registrar, the team observed that Dumba abused public funds.

“Dumba claimed mileage from council when he had not submitted proof of ownership of the vehicle to attend the Urban Councils Association of Zimbabwe special meeting in Bulawayo.”

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