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Ex-Chitungwiza town clerk accused of fraud

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Former Chitungwiza town clerk Godfrey Tanyanyiwa had created “an empire out of shady deals and made unilateral decisions” at the expense of council, investigations have revealed.

According to a report by a disciplinary committee investigating him gleaned by NewsDay, Tanyanyiwa was found guilty on four counts including fraud, wilful disobedience of a lawful order and incompetence.

The 12-page report by the four-member committee comprising Tsunga Mhangami, Honesty Magaya, Middleton Chikowore and Robert Tombindo, chronicled Tanyanyiwa’s stay at Chitungwiza Town Council.

The committee recommended Tanyanyiwa’s dismissal on May 5.

On the first count, Tanyanyiwa reportedly committed the municipality to a liability of
$2 550 million without its authority and that of Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo in respect of relevant borrowing powers.

The report said: “The authority also heard from municipality witness, Alfonce Tinofa, who was both acting finance director and director of works, who indicated that there was no council resolution and neither was there a tender procedure to facilitate the borrowing to purchase the refuse trucks”.

The former town clerk reportedly also wrote a letter appointing Autoemporium (Pvt) Limited to “hire purchase” eight refuse trucks worth over $2 million.
But, the committee said: “The official order to Autoemporium did not make any reference to any council resolution (and) there were no recommendations or any effort of adjudication process from the tender committee as required by law.”

Tanyanyiwa also allegedly ignored the advice of the council chief internal auditor to engage the services of an information technology consultant to advise and oversee the computerisation programme.

“In view of the foregoing analysis, Tanyanyiwa is found guilty as per findings on each count and also not guilty as per specific counts,” the report said.

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