AG’s report exposes Harare City Council

By John Nhandara

Harare City Council’s misappropriation of public funds has been exposed by the Auditor General’s report on local authorities in which the council is failing to account for up to US$1 million.

In the Auditor General’s report on local authorities, there are trade and other payables that could not be verified in Harare City Council’s book of accounts.

Harare residents have since called for the setting up of a commission of inquiry into the alleged abuse of funds.

“We have always queried how our council is being run, and with such kind of an Auditor Generals report, it explains why there is poor services delivery. We need a probe into this matter,” chairman of the Zimbabwe National Organisation of Association and Residents Trust, Shalver Chikomba said.

Harare City Council spokesperson Michael Chideme said they are still looking into the report and will issue a comprehensive response afterwards.

“We are studying the report so it is after we finish going through this report that we will be able to give you comprehensive answers,” he said.

There are indications that the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission, ZACC is in the process of instituting a probe into the matter.

The alleged abuse of funds by the local authority comes at a time, council is at logger heads with residents, over poor service delivery in greater Harare.