Harare investigates suspended workers

HARARE City Council yesterday said it had engaged police to investigate 27 of its workers suspended on Thursday for allegedly clandestinely issuing licences to unregistered motor car dealers.


Council spokesperson Leslie Gwindi told journalists the city was determined to get to the bottom of the alleged scam and have the culprits prosecuted.

All the 27 suspended employees worked in the city’s Valuation and Estates Division.

“As part of the crackdown of illegal activities including car sales, a number of irregularities have come to light. We have suspended operations with immediate effect and all who have given money to anyone from the division should come forward,” said Gwindi. “We want to establish how big the ring is and who else was involved. We will address this because it’s so deep in the division and outside. I have to make it clear that we will leave no stone unturned and whoever is caught in the process will be held accountable.”

Gwindi said the alleged scam had deprived the local authority of at least two-thirds of its potential revenue.

“Even the behaviour of our own municipal police is questionable. Some car sales were hit more brutally than the others. Other car dealers were tipped of the crackdown and removed their cars,” he said.

The suspensions came as the local authority has intensified demolition of illegal car sales garages that had sprouted in most parts of the capital city, amid reports that only one out of the estimated 200 car sales was licensed.

Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo last month ordered council to publish all illegal car sales and garages in Harare by December 20. He also ordered that council should demolish them by month-end.

His directive followed recommendations by a probe team led by Ellen Chivaviro which indicated that out of the 200 car sales operating in the capital city, only 47 have lease agreements while three met town planning regulations. Only one was in full compliance with the licensing requirements.


  1. Mononyanya huori mhani imi nxa

  2. Integrity!

  3. Something is very strange about our great country. Can someone convince me that Gwindi drove from his residence and passed a dozen or so of illegal car sales and proceeded to city chambers without asking questions for all these years? Was government not aware that people are building illegal settlements in Epworth? How come all of a sudden the powers that be feel obliged to act, often belatedly and in a cruel manner? I don’t support illegal structures, but I am very skeptical when property is destroyed, people made homeless and in some cases lives being lost in these blitzes. It would appear to the discerning eye that the issue is far from what we are being told. People want to destroy Matapi flats in Mbare but alternative accommodation has not been found. It is proper therefore to ensure that from the start the council is strict about by-laws not to have knee-jerk reactions when things get out of hand or some sinister agenda is to be fulfilled.

  4. When we voted MDC we thought that there would be real change. Now the MDC run the Harare and Chitungwiza councils and we are seeing more corruption than ever…
    Shuwa zvakawoma kuita muZimba….

    1. i think it was right if u say harare and chuitungwiza are flooded with mdc councillors but when it comes to who has the power mdc will be regarded as good as a toothless bulldog that lacks the tooth which to bite, nyika ine vari kutonga iyi

  5. Dr. T. I. Kasu.

    They should just suspend and investigate the whole council

  6. @saddened u vote mdc but u didn’t get ride of the old thugz saka tichavona moto

  7. the problem is that when we vote we vote the poor thieves in offices who are themselves opportunists who know its a chance of a lifetime so they steal whatever is steal-able whichever party Zanu pf has also a problem that they allow the top securocrats to steal without any prosecution eg in Bulawayo one senior assistant commissioner Gora bought a double cab pick up truck for $600 of the forfeited cars this is theft since these cars are supposed to be sold at public auctions if the police impound cars and in turn buy them this leaves the police with every space to steal and harass the general populace.Something must be done to correct this mess i love ZANU PF but i don’t condone corruption by these senior officers.Is it because they force the junior cops vote the party

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