Heads are set to roll at Mutare City Council once investigations into allegations of corruption and fraud in the running of council projects are completed.
Reports say the new management which took office two months ago has allegedly unearthed corruption which has prejudiced not only service delivery, but has affected the completion of numerous council-run projects.
City of Mutare is alleged to have been prejudiced of huge potential revenue as council officials allegedly engage in fraudulent tender processes and corrupt activities.
It has emerged that some council employees doubled as service providers and projects supervisors after allegedly awarding tenders to their companies for supply of services.
It is alleged that a racket of some senior council employees would abuse council assets such as vehicles to deliver services nicodemously at night, before forwarding their invoices for payment.
In an interview with ZBC News, the new town clerk Mr Joshua Maligwa confirmed the developments and said they shall be no sacred cows in dealing with the matter.
Addressing a ward meeting in his constituency over the weekend, Dangamvura-Chikanga legislator Cde Esau Mupfumi said corruption was the root problem which had compromised service delivery at Civic Centre and implored the city fathers to clean the rot.
In some instances is it suspected that the local authority paid for services not rendered, with huge amounts having been withdrawn for certain services yet there is no tangible development on the ground.
It is alleged that former housing director Mr Stenard Mapurisa has since tendered his resignation after some anomalies were discovered in the issuance of tickets for vendors in the central business district.
The investigations are likely to nail a number of senior managers who for a long time were engaged in double dipping in council coffers as both employees and suppliers at the same time.
Although the investigations have not yet been concluded, it is suspected that the City of Mutare could have been prejudiced of substantial revenue through the alleged shoddy deals.