CHAIRPERSON of the Harare Commission, Sekesai Makwavarara, is expected to repay the costs of all unauthorised use of council property, funds and labour, in the next two months after a recommendation from the audit committee.
A source told
the Zimbabwe Independent this week that the commission’s audit committee, which met on Wednesday evening, recommended that council recovers ratepayers’ money by deducting all unauthorised expenditure from Makwavarara’s salary over the next two months.
“The audit committee has recommended that unauthorised expenditure by the chairperson be deducted from her salary in the next two months. This follows her defiance to write a report on the alleged abuse of council funds, labour and vehicles,” the source said.
The source said Makwavarara’s refusal to explain why she abused council funds as well as where she got the authorisation, prompted the audit committee to come up with the recommendations.
The recommendations follow the publication of audit reports that exposed alleged rampant abuse of council vehicles, labour and funds by Makwavarara in the Independent last week.
The audit reports showed that Makwavarara prejudiced council by using council vehicles and labour to ferry 400 bags of fertiliser to her Raffingora farm on more than four occasions.
Another vehicle was used to empty a septic tank at her farm. Council employees drove all the vehicles during working hours.
The other report showed that Makwavarara spent more than $175 million on “consumables and alcohol” for the mayoral mansion. It showed that of the $175 million, $110 million was spent in less than five days. The report says there was no evidence that Makwavarara was entitled to such expenditure.