The commission running Gweru City Council affairs should heed the directive issued by Local Government, Public Works and National Housing minister Saviour Kasukuwere that all directors implicated in the mismanagement of funds and corruption should be dismissed as a way of stamping out corrupt activities within that local authority.
Mukachana Hanyani,Our Reader
Kasukuwere came up with this decision after realising that most of the directors employed by the council were implicated recently by the audit report as the most culpable culprits in the embezzlement and mismanagement of funds, wasteful expenditure, governance issues as well as non-compliance with ministerial directives.
The directive to the Gweru commission to sack corrupt directors came a few days after Kasukuwere had also instructed all local authorities around the country to hold their seminars within their areas of jurisdiction as a means to save the ratepayers’ money.
He banned that practice of having seminars in faraway resort places. For example, you get some city fathers travelling all the way from Mutare to Victoria Falls just to discuss how they could run the affairs of the city council.
For that reason, Kasukuwere saw it necessary to stop such a habit by some city fathers of having lavish seminars outside their areas of jurisdiction as a way of making sure that they do not abuse ratepayers’ money. It is necessary to make sure that all local authorities get rid of people who have no interest in making sure that their towns and cities are well managed. Such a move can be effective by uprooting corrupt people in areas of authority.
The decision taken by Kasukuwere should be applauded because dismissing those people involved in corrupt activities from local authorities as well as banning money spending through seminars are some noble ideas that could bring sanity in most local authorities.
Most of the local authorities in the country have been struggling to offer basic services to the people just because some resources have dwindled as a result of corrupt activities by the senior management of such local authorities.
The top management of some local authorities in the country have devised an art of living lavishly because of the ill-gotten money from corrupt activities that they do while at work. The holding of seminars outside their places of jurisdiction came with some travelling and subsistence allowances, thereby draining the ratepayers’ money.
Kasukuwere’s call for the commission running the Gweru local authority to fire corrupt directors within its ranks should not be taken as referring to the Gweru directors only, but this should apply to all local authorities around the country.
It should be known that corruption is a cancer which is very dangerous and as such prevention is better than cure.
Dismissing people found on the wrong side of the law would act as a deterrent to would-be corrupt officials.
So for the public to be protected from such land barons and corrupt local authorities management, all those found to be on the wrong side of the law should be dismissed and taken to Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison, where they can fit well as letting them walk scot-free when they would have destroyed the economy is tantamount to letting a murderer in the streets.