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Chinhoyi treasurer fired

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Embattled Chinhoyi municipality treasurer, William Mandinde, who is facing fraud charges involving $79 000 has been fired.

The town’s deputy mayor Willie Nyambi confirmed the development on Thursday.

“I can confirm that Mandinde has been fired after being involved in a scam that has bled the local authority,” said Nyambi.

Mandinde is jointly charged with four other council employees, Arnold Madhuze, Ellison Chikwazvo, Polite Chikapu and Vincent Chafausipo.

Mandinde is also alleged to have built a vast business empire using ill-gotten funds.

The charges emanated from a damning financial management audit conducted early this year at the behest of the Minister of Local Government, Rural and Urban Development Ignatius Chombo.

The audit alleged that Mandinde collected and pocketed $71 433 cash at the main revenue collection point between 2009 and 2010.

He also allegedly failed to bank cheques amounting to $79 629.

Further allegations include an unjustified $2 020 medical expenses claim and $4 650 which he allegedly pocketed from a land sale deal.

In general, the audit allegedly unearthed rampant misuse of public funds and financial impropriety by senior Chinhoyi municipal officials.

The accused persons appeared before Chinhoyi magistrate Sam Chitumwa last Friday.

They have been remanded out of custody to August 19.

Leo Dube represented the state.

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