KWEKWE — A week after a commission appointed by Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo left town house where it was probing allegations of corruption and maladministration, the local authority’s top management is reportedly apprehensive over its findings.
The commission is expected to table its findings before Chombo this week. The commission led by Manicaland provincial administrator Fungai Mbetsa probed allegations of council looting a Genesis education fund worth $80 000 to pay wages and salaries raised without seeking approval.
The Kwekwe Residents Ratepayers’ Development Association also accused town clerk Emanuel Musara of abusing council resources for his personal use.
They alleged he commandeered a generator meant for back-up power at civic centre to his official residence, among other allegations.
Chombo also ordered the commission to investigate how Morris Mutema was catapulted from his post as audit manager after nine days on the job to the post of acting city treasurer.
Mutema had previously served in the same capacity before resigning and leaving the country for two years. When he returned, he was rehired and immediately thrust into the hot seat.
Sources at town house said the atmosphere was tense owing to fears the top brass at council could be clipped in the event the commission produces a damming report.
“Working here is not normal these days. People are speaking in hushed tones in the corridors and the bosses are rarely in the office. It’s like they are preparing an exit plan,” said a source.
Mayor Shadreck Tobaiwa, however, said he was not bothered about the team’s findings.
“I have done everything above board and the commission, instead of scaring me, will actually help in reinforcing checks and balances and if anyone is caught in the wrong, then council will act,” said Tobaiwa.