Harare Councillor Lays Into Corrupt City Executives

By Lynette Manzini

Harare, December 06, 2016 – HARARE City Council executives have been accused of arrogance and unresponsive to resolutions passed by the MDC-T dominated city council.

Councillor Peter Moyo said this at Town House on Monday, soon after Local Government Minister Saviour Kasukuwere had officially handed over the council audit report to the Mayor in the council chambers.

The report, leaked from the ministry some three weeks ago, saw the suspension of the acting Town Clerk and three more officials who were later reinstated by Kasukuwere.

The audit was carried out by the ministry to ascertain if the country’s biggest local government authority was complying with government directives to channel the bulk of its revenue towards service delivery as opposed to salaries.

Moyo, who was elected on an MDC-T ticket, said council had failed to obtain information pertaining to council executive salaries for the past eight years.

“It is very unfortunate that we have been requesting the salaries for the executives since 2008 but we could not get it up to this day,” Moyo said.

“It is very unfortunate that this report is now coming before us but we don’t even know how their contracts look like; we have been crying for this kind of transparency since time immemorial,” he said.

Moyo said resolutions passed by council fell on deaf ears as they were not executed.

Kasukuwere, on his part, chose to pin the blame on poor service delivery on the city fathers who he said have failed to execute the mandate invested in them by the electorate.

“It would have been a very good reason for me to come to council; you have failed to do your job since 2008,” said Kasukuwere.

“You have been earning your allowances and got re-elected in 2013. I pity those who elected you since you were not doing your work as representatives,” said the Zanu PF political commissar.

Kasukuwere appealed to the councillors to be objective in the issues they handled and not to be “playful” with council workers.

“You are city fathers; your presence must send everybody into some state of, say the employers have arrived, but if you become too frequent, if you become too playful with them they might take you for granted,” he said.