CHINHOYI — The Local Government Board has upheld a decision by the Chinhoyi council
to expel suspended town clerk Ezekiel Muringani for alleged misappropriation of public
funds, false medical aid claims and dereliction of duty.
The board presides over the appointment and dismissal of all senior council officials countrywide.
Chinhoyi acting mayor Busani Dube-Marumahoko confirmed the development, adding council would soon start the search for a substantive town clerk.
Muringani’s lawyer Takuwa Mudambanuki said the decision to expel his client was politically-motivated and unlawful.
A 15-member probe team led by renowned lawyer Alec Muchadehama opened investigations into Muringani’s conduct in August last year following his suspension by suspended mayor Claudius Nyamhondoro on July 13.
He was facing charges of falsely claiming over $12 000 in medical assistance when he was on full medical aid.
Meanwhile, council has fired two of its senior officials for alleged corruption involving irregular approval of housing plans and allocation of residential stands.
Dube-Marumahoko said Stanley Kapfudza and Munyaradzi Wadyandiani were fired after they were found guilty of allocating stands and approving housing plans without following laid-down procedures.
“Indeed, council was seized with the corruption matter involving the two employees.
“A recommendation was made by the human resources committee to fire them and the full council last week made a resolution to relieve them of their duties,” he said.
Both officials worked in the council’s housing department.