HARARE councillors last week ordered investigations into activities of some senior managers in the housing and community service departments and district officers suspected of illegally awarding market stalls without following procedure.
During a full council meeting last week, Highfield councillor (Ward 25) Luckson Mukunguma produced a letter signed by a senior council official giving out land for a flea market in the dormitory suburb.
This forced an angry response from other councillors who felt that there was massive corruption in the city where the senior management was benefiting immensely.
“I have this letter and made copies for the mayor and chamber secretary to see — it has a council stamp. Those flea markets must be removed and the question is why they should be given room to operate outside shops?” Mukunguma asked.
Other councillors said they were puzzled with cases of corruption in the council with Glen Norah councillor Herbert Gomba saying that some district officers were corrupt, but were not being moved, an indication of underhand dealings going on.
Other councillors also complained about the mushrooming of Econet small shops across the city questioning on who had given the company the right to mount them in the city.
Harare has for long been battling to fight corruption within its workers who were formalizing illegal projects unbeknown to councillors.
Last year, a senior official in the Evaluation department was fired after it emerged he was legalizing illegal car sales around the city and demanding protection fees from owners.
The deal came to light when council launched a blitz to remove all car sales when some owners showed letters from council signed by the official who demanded $2 000 for protection.