Kombayi attacks council management


GWERU mayor Hamutendi Kombayi has taken a swipe at council management for resisting proposals that all business transactions be sanctioned by the mayor, saying it was nothing more than a rebellion by “corrupt” officials.


Councillors recently passed a resolution stating that council should be granted authority by the mayor and finance committee chairperson to carry out any financial transaction.

This move has, however, sparked an uproar with council officials saying this was tantamount to giving the mayor executive powers when he was merely ceremonial.

Kombayi hit back, saying council management did not want elected officials getting involved in financial matters because they (management) had “many skeletons to hide in their cupboards”.

“We are dealing with a rebellious management that resists every move aimed at ensuring that ratepayers’ money is used transparently,” Kombayi charged.

“They rush to the papers complaining that the mayor will be given executive powers by such a resolution, but the truth of the matter is that we have people who have a lot to hide, so they want to play hide and seek with council finances so that they buy posh cars for themselves.”

He said corrupt tendencies at council should be exposed and the culprits held accountable.

Finance committee chairperson Albert Chirau has said there was no sinister motive about the resolution adding that it was aimed at safeguarding ratepayers’ money as well as improving transparency at every level of council operations.


  1. No Mr. Mayor you don’t have to sanction all issues but you need to be part of the team. If you say you want to sanction then yes you are craving for powers. Your roll is ceremonial but be part of the team.

    Do you imply that you have the competence to run the affairs on your own? If so then why should we have the councilors. You are still novice to the running of the council. You need to work in harmony rather than to make unfounded allegations.

    There are challenges facing the council and the economy at large. Bring in ideas where you think there is room for improvement rather than to want us to believe that you have the solutions to every situation. NO.


    This is the main reason facing this country. The President was given too many powers. In fact he would want to be consulted in every aspect of Government issues and decisions. The Cabinet cannot meet in his absence.

    If one makes an analysis of the situation since independence it will be realized that senior civil servants ended up under- performing because they could not make their own decisions because the President (even then as the Prime Minister) needed to be consulted in every aspect.

  2. There is nothing wrong in councillors countersigning all payments and seek explanation. Gushungo is right on the concentration of power in the hands of the president and this was critised by Edgar Tekere in his autobiography

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