BY STEPHEN CHADENGA
GWERU City Council audit chairperson councillor Albert Chirau (ward 11) has slammed the local authority’s transport management system, describing it as poor and contributing to officials abusing council vehicles.
Chirau said his committee had since called on council’s internal audit department to look into the issue of the transport management system at the local authority.
“We have a very poor transport management system at council,” Chirau said last week at a Gweru Residents and Ratepayers Association-organised stakeholders meeting.
“There is need for an effective control system on transport at Gweru council to ensure that the local authority’s fleet is not abused. As an audit committee, we have since made a resolution that council’s internal audit must look into the issue of transport management. After that audit, we have also mandated council’s chief internal auditor to do a post audit so that we deal with the matter once and for all.”
Chirau said some council vehicles were being used to ferry sand and gravel, particularly during the night.
Gweru councillors have perennially complained of dysfunctional council vehicles which are affecting service delivery in the city.
Residents at the meeting suggested that all council vehicles should be parked at Town House after working hours.
“When employees are allowed to drive council cars to their homes, they end up abusing them,” a resident said.
Reports of abuse of council vehicles came as the local authority indicated that it was struggling to buy fuel to meet service delivery demands owing to lack of foreign currency.
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