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Councillors endorse town clerk’s suspension

Councillors say Muringani is getting backing from Local Government, Urban and Rural Development minister Ignatius Chombo, who is said to be  backing him while his deputy Sessel Zvidzai is behind the mayor.

Nyamhondoro a fortnight ago reported Muringani to the police after an audit revealed massive abuse of council funds.

Muringani has refused to be suspended by the mayor while finance director William Mandinde, who was also implicated in the scam, was fired by council.
Nyamhondoro told The Standard that he feared nothing would be done to Muringani because of his alleged political connections.

The mayor is also not happy with the appointment of Chinhoyi district administrator Webster Mandinde to lead a resuscitation team for the local authority because he recognises the “suspended town clerk”.

On July 25, Tembo spoke against the suspension of council employees fingered in the audit report.

In a letter to the chairman of the resuscitation team this week Nyamhondoro complained that Tembo had interfered with his duties when he stopped the recording of minutes during a meeting.

The mayor was also not amused by Tembo’s interpretation of the Urban Council Act to mean that the mayor must not be involved in the signing of authentication, authorisation or execution of council documents which the resuscitation team leader said was the prerogative of the management committee.

But Nyamhondoro says it his responsibility and that of the council’s finance committee chairperson to sign such documents.


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