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    Residents cry foul as Gutu RDC uses personal EcoCash for business

    Gutu RDC Chief Executive Officer Alexander Mutembwa


    GUTU – Gutu Rural District Council (RDC), the biggest rural local authority in Masvingo is using personal EcoCash numbers to do business transactions at one of its bars.
    Gutu United Residents and Ratepayers Association (GURRA) spokesperson, Lloyd Mupfudze said residents are of the view that this is not proper and is open to abuse and corruption by council workers.
    Mupfudze said that GURRA raised the issue with the Council board members on November 1, 2018 and demanded that the local authority use a merchant code with immediate effect.
    Gutu RDC Chief Executive Officer Alexander Mutembwa said, “ some of these people who reported the matter to you just want to tarnish my image because they failed to get employment at the council. We once used a line registered in someone’s name but it belonged to the council, whilst we wait for another line from Econet.”
    Mupfudze said that council is using Charlotte Mannie’s number for EcoCash transactions at Hwiru Tavern Bar.
    “It is illegal for a personal account to receive public funds because council funds are supposed to be deposited in council accounts. However at Hwiru Tavern Bar patrons are using Mannie’s cell number 0774 731081 for EcoCash transactions.
    Mupfudze alleged that Mannie is a general hand and a daughter to Councillor Charles Mannie of Ward 24 in Gutu South. Mupfudze further alleged that before that the local authority was using Dorcas Tarutsvanga’s number and Tarutsvanga is an officer in the finance department,” said Mufudze.
    Charlotte confirmed the arrangement to The Mirror and said that she was asked to use her number because there is only one merchant code which was now having problems.
    Gutu RDC treasurer Tivonge Shumba said they are now using a merchant line, but there is only one merchant line for all council transactions so they applied for another merchant line from Econet which is taking long.
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