chombo latest.jpgGovernment has set up a committee to inquire into allegations of misconduct levelled against 8 City of Harare Councillors.

 

Speaking at a press briefing in Harare, the Minister of Local Government, Rural and Urban Development, Dr Ignatius Chombo said his ministry has set up a disciplinary committee to inquire into the allegations levelled against the suspended Councillors as part of measures being introduced to ensure good corporate governance in local authorities.

 

The committee is expected to submit its findings to Dr Chombo recommend whether or not the Minister should dismiss the Councillors.

 

“The terms of reference of the committee shall be to conduct a misconduct inquiry into allegations levelled against each of the suspended Councillors and to investigate the extent of the involvement of each of the suspended Councillors in the alleged acts.

“The committee will then submit to the Minister a report on its findings and recommend whether or not the Minister should dismiss the Councillors,” said Dr Chombo.

 

The Disciplinary Committee is being chaired by lawyer Mr. Cuthbert Mpane of Mpane and Associates, while Acting Director Urban Local Authorities, Mr. Madzudzo Pawadyira and Muzarabani District Administrator, Mr. M Mazai are the committee members.

 

The committee is expected to commence the hearing soon and complete it within a period of 7 days from the date of commencement.

 

The suspended Harare Councillors are Herbert Gomba, Peter Marange, Silas Machetu, Paul Gorekore, Councillor Mbadzi, Johnson Zaranyika and Wellington Katsande.

 

The 7 were suspended on allegations of corruption and conniving with council workers to dispossess residents in Highfield and Glen Norah of council houses.