Mafume re-appoints scandal-ridden director

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Harare mayor Jacob Mafume has been dragged in another scandal involving the re-appointment of a scandal-ridden director of human resources
Harare mayor Jacob Mafume has been dragged in another scandal involving the re-appointment of a scandal-ridden director of human resources

Staff Writer

Harare mayor Jacob Mafume has allegedly smuggled back at Town House, scandal-ridden human capital director Cainos Chingombe, after he was suspended following a tribunal report that implicated him in gross financial irregularities.

Chingombe was recently replaced by Mathew Marara who in turn was arrested on various graft charges.

According to information at hand, Mafume, chairing a committee on human resource, cleared the re-appointment of Chingombe despite existence of a tribunal report that implicated him for allegedly milking the city council of millions of dollars.

Sources close to the developments said Mafume went on to rubber stamp the appointment despite reservations expressed by fellow councillors sitting on the same committee on the existing disciplinary issues.

“The re-appointment of Chingombe had the backing of Mafume who is reported to have chaired the meeting. This appointment was despite the existence of some disciplinary issues around Chingombe,” the source said.

Mafume was recently arrested on allegations of criminal abuse of office and is currently in remand prison.

A tribunal report dated May 24, 2018 containing allegations against Chingombe has since been submitted to the Special Anti-Corruption Unit in the Office of the President.

Chingombe was discharged on allegations of double dipping, awarding monstrous retrenchment packages and awarding top executives unjustified allowances.

The tribunal report is also implicating former Acting Town Clerk Josephine Ncube.

The tribunal, according to the report, noted that former finance director Mandizvidza was funding the executive payroll on verbal communication of the amount due which varied every month from Chingombe.

Such funding was made without any request for documentary justification by Chingombe for the amount transferred.

It was also noted that after transferring the amount to the executive payroll account, the finance director was barred from verifying or inspecting the net amount transferred to each employees account.

The executive payroll and executive salaries during Chingombe’s time as human capital director were neither audited nor reconciled while approval of the amounts transferred to individuals rested with Chingombe or Ncube.

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