50% of Gweru council managers unqualified

BY STEPHEN CHADENGA

AT least 47% of top and middle managers at Gweru City Council are not qualified for their positions, a service level benchmarking (SLB) peer review committee report revealed last Friday.

“We noted that 47,9% of those occupying top and middle management positions are not qualified for those posts,” Mutare city engineer and member of the review committee team, Maxwell Karenyi said while presenting the findings of the review.

He said the municipality should adopt sound corporate governance policies.

“Only 52,1% of employees are qualified for their positions. Our recommendation as the review team is that the council should expedite adoption of draft key corporate policies. The number of under-qualified staff is worrying because we expect that everyone should be qualified for the posts they are holding,” he said.

Karenyi also said council’s accounts were last audited four years ago, a situation that compromised good corporate governance.

“What we noted is that there is a serious backlog of audit in Gweru City Council,” he said.

“The council is still working on their 2016 audit books and that should be corrected as well. The city needs to fast-track the adoption of key corporate governance policies.”

The report, however, noted that council had improved on reducing treated water leakages from 57% to 47,3%.

Over the years most local authorities have been accused of failing to deal with corruption and abuse of resources, a situation that has largely compromised service delivery.

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