Harare council raises red flag as employees refuse redeployment

HARARE councillors have raised eyebrows over reports that council workers stationed at Mbare Musika were refusing to be transferred to other work stations, amid suspicion the workers could be fleecing the local authority of large sums of money paid each day by bus operators and market stall holders.

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According to minutes of the council’s business committee shown to NewsDay, the workers had defied previous directives to remove them from  the populous market where the local authority is reportedly losing potential revenue of about $400 000 daily to suspected Zanu PF activists.

Last week deputy mayor Thomas Muzuva claimed that Zanu PF activist Jim Kunaka was pocketing money collected from long distance bus operators and vendors operating at Mbare Musika.

However, Kunaka, who is also a council employee, has since denied the charge which he described as an MDC-T smear campaign.

Part of the minutes read: “Under matters for which the chairperson’s consent has been obtained, the committee raised concern on the alleged refusal to re-deployment by employees of the department of housing and community services stationed at Mbare Musika and requested for an update report at the next meeting of this committee and as well as the human resources and general purposes committee meeting.”

The committee requested the director of housing and community services Justin Chivavaya and town clerk Tendai Mahachi to submit a detailed report over the issue at the next full council meeting.
Councillors who spoke on condition of anonymity yesterday said they smelt a rat considering that the local authority has been failing to collect revenue from its properties at Mbare Musika.

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