Chitown reinstates two directors accused of corruption

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Staff Reporter

CHITUNGWIZA Municipality has reinstated two directors for housing and works departments following a council resolution passed last month.

Housing and Community Services director Hazel Sithole and Engineer David Duma, the Works director were suspended last year in December through a letter from the Minister of Local Government July Moyo which stated that the matters involving the two needed to be finalised first at the courts.

Allegations were that the pair allocated a commercial stand worth over $30 000 to a local company, Metalhill Investments (Pvt) Ltd, without following due process. The stand was for the construction of a service station.

The matter is said to be still pending at the courts.

In an interview, Chitungwiza acting town clerk Dr Tonderai Kasu confirmed that the pair had been reinstated without loss of salary or benefits.

“I can confirm that, after a period of involuntary leave of absence for both directors, Engineer David Duma and Mrs. Hazel Sithole have been reinstated to active full time duty with full pay and benefits in their substantive capacities as Chitungwiza Municipality’s Director of Works and Director of Housing and Community Services respectively, with effect from the 1st of June 2020,” he said.

Dr Kasu said following the council resolution council wrote to the Ministry of Local Government and Public Works who did not object to the decision within seven days.

“This is in accordance with a full council resolution passed by the Municipality at its Special Full Council meeting held on the 19th of May 2020. It was made with a condition that if the Ministry of Local Government does not object the reinstatement within seven days then the two would resume their duties.

“The Ministry was duly notified of the full council resolution, and there being no objections received from the Ministry within the period specified by council, this resolution has now been implemented and the two directors are now back at work,” he said.

 

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