Chitungwiza Town clerk suspension: Details of charge sheet emerge

CHARGES against suspended Chitungwiza Town Council (CTC) clerk George Makunde continue to emerge, Zim Morning Post can reveal.

In a charge sheet seen by this publication, Makunde is accused of gross incompetence, insubordination and abuse of office, among several other charges that could leave him not only jobless but also in prison.

In the charge sheet, Makunde is accused of hiding council’s financial statements while in his job.

“In the entire duration of your employment as town clerk, you have breached your statutory obligations by failing to timeously present financial statements for audit purposes, resulting in the council receiving adverse comments from auditors,” read the charge sheet.

Makunde is also believed to have created some posts within council structures without approval from both the Local Government ministry and council authorities.

In the entire duration of your employment as town clerk, you have mishandled human resources or recruitment matters,” further read the charge sheet.

One notable position created by Makunde was that of one Mary Mukonyora to a senior management position despite the position not being within council’s organogram.

The charge sheet also reveals that the accused using his position allocated himself two business stands and made sure that companies linked to him got tenders without going through proper procedures.

Details within the charge sheet further show that some of the decisions made by the town clerk left the council vulnerable to loss of enormous amounts of money.

On several occasions, Makunde is believed to have failed to implement council resolutions, council policies and to enforce council’s by-laws, leaving the municipality vulnerability to exploitation by other parties.

“You have failed or neglected to implement a March 2019 council resolution to establish vending sites, stalls or markets, resulting in people continuing to operate illegally and in a disorganised way, leading to serious financial prejudice upon the council.”

Mukunde is also facing charges of diverting funds meant for service delivery to pay salaries for top management against a directive from both the parent ministry and the CTC policy.

“During the period January 2013 to July 2017, you transferred money amounting to US$295 544.00 and US$ 623 450.00 from various council accounts such as the water account, health account, sewerage account, education account, engineering account to management salaries account No. 61070041940697.

“In doing so, you were diverting the said monies from their special purposes to management salaries, of which you were a beneficiary,” also read part of the charge sheet.

The war between CTC and Makunde intensified in September when he was suspended as town clerk.

Following his suspension, the dormitory town’s mayor Lovemore Maiko was assaulted by suspected Zanu PF youths after he wrote a letter to Makunde probing him on his behaviour.

On September 18, in the company of allegedly hired bouncers, Makunde stormed CTC head office and vandalized council property.