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    Friday, 12 February 2016

    Commission suspends Gweru Town clerk

    Princess Sibanda
    Midlands Bureau

    Gweru - The Commission running the affairs of Gweru has suspended the Town Clerk Daniel Matawu for allegedly failing to respond to allegations raised in an audit report.
    The Mirror understands that Matawu was suspended on Monday last week.
    The Commission which was appointed by the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Saviour Kasukuwere is chaired by Tsungami Mhangami.
    Information leaked to The Mirror indicates that Mhangami expressed his displeasure at the time taken by the town clerk to respond to the audit report. He says that the response was supposed to come out in 30 days but it's now five months before a response is received.
    "We have not received his response despite having had the report for the past four months, that is sometime in September last year.
    "If you are given allegations and you don't respond as expected in time then we begin to wonder whether the person concerned wants to respond or doesn't, so we couldn't keep waiting.
    "The Commission gave him the report and we have been waiting for the responses but he was not forthcoming," Mangami is understood to have said.
    Commissioner Mark Choga went on to say the Town Clerk had been given ample time to respond to the report which took him almost five months instead of 30 days hence they had to give him the boot pending investigations into the alleged charges.
    "Under normal circumstances the audit report should be responded to within 30 days but he took 5 months and has not responded.
    "In other words if he failed to respond we will just say he was rubbishing the report," he said.
    Matawu was recently fired in what the three member commission said is the beginning of a process that will see the cleansing of corruption in the council.
    Kasukuwere said during a recent visit that all those implicated in corrupt activities in the audit report should be booted out to sanitise the city and normalise operations with priority given to service delivery. news
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