Mayor warns corrupt councillors

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KADOMA — Mayor Peter Matambo has taken a swipe at corrupt councillors who allegedly connive with municipal workers to sell non-existent stands to desperate home seekers.

Matambo said his council did not tolerate corruption and warned those involved in the scam they faced prosecution.

The warning follows the latest case in which Ngezi councillor Jonathan Chaguta (MDC-T) was arrested and appeared in court facing fraud charges.
Chaguta allegedly received $800 as payment for a non-existent residential stand.

He is serving a 30-day prison term after he was convicted of fraud early this month.

Council is also handling a case in which Chaguta allegedly resold a low-density stand in Mornington Extension, which he was offered by council, for $3 500. He had not paid anything towards the stands.

“Council does not tolerate corruption either by councillors or by employees.

“Any cases of a criminal nature will be handed over to the police,” Matambo said.

“Council will also be sensitive to the plight of people who may have been misled and will do everything possible to ensure they do not suffer irreparable loss.

“The cases that we have managed to unearth could be a tip of the iceberg.

“I condemn corruption and there will be no sacred cows,” the mayor said, adding council was instituting a forensic audit on the sale of stands.

Matambo said Chaguta’s matter had been referred to Local Government, Urban and Rural Development minister Ignatius Chombo, who is expected to take appropriate disciplinary action, that may include dismissal.