Zvishavane town secretary Tinoda Mukutu is to be suspended without pay pending investigations for corruption after a resolution was passed during a crunch meeting between residents and councillors Friday.
Zvishavane Residents and Ratepayers Association chairman Peter Mudzviti confirmed that the decision to suspend Mukutu was taken during a meeting between ratepayers and councillors, who included finance and staffing committee chairperson Fatuma Phiri of ward 3.
Zvishavane Town Council is operating illegally after failing to get government approval for its 2016 budget. The budget was disapproved after Mukutu submitted it without the signature of the town council chairman Esau Gwatipedza Dube, who refused to endorse the town secretary’s performance report.
“We directed the council chairman to suspend Mukutu without pay while investigations into the corruption cases are taking place,” Mudzviti said.
Last week local government minister Saviour Kasukuwere dispatched a team to investigate the rot within the municipality and demands by ratepayers for an official inquiry.
Residents are calling on all the councillors to resign over the budget delays and corruption after it emerged that most of them had clandestinely allocated themselves land for tuck shops, open-air restaurants and houses. Many of the councillors have since sold the stands.
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