Wednesday, 23 November 2016

KASUKUWERE REVERSES HRE BIGWIGS SUSPENSIONS

LOCAL Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere has ordered Harare mayor, Bernard Manyenyeni to rescind his decision to suspend acting town clerk, Josephine Ncube and human capital director, Cainos Chingombe on allegations of defying a Cabinet directive to slash their salaries.


Addressing a Press conference yesterday, Kasukuwere said the suspensions were unprocedural and hurried because they were based on an audit report conducted by his ministry but not yet officially handed to the local authority.

“They jumped the gun. I will come there with the audit report and officially hand it over, then discuss the plan of action. It was my audit and I have not yet handed it over to council. Town House cannot be run on rumours,” he said.

Kasukuwere, however, admitted that Ncube and her team violated a Cabinet directive by failing to cut their salaries, which they paid each other through a secret salaries account. 

“People in public office should not have secret salaries accounts. Their salaries should be made public, they need to be put in the open. We can’t have secret salaries for public officials. The President’s salary is public,” he said.

Kasukuwere and Local Government ministry officials will on December 5 hand over the audit report to council.

Kasukuwere said the report exposed more allegations of corruption than those acted on by Manyenyeni and his fellow councillors.

Kasukuwere also directed Harare to fill in all critical positions within 60 days.

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