Council summoned by parliament to explain missing funds

Council summoned by parliament to explain missing funds

By John Nhandara

HARARE City council officials were this Friday grilled by Parliament over missing millions of United States dollars after being exposed by the 2020 Auditor General’s Report.

Acting Town Clerk Engineer Mabhena Moyo and Finance Manager Samson Madzokere stammered as they attempted to account for the missing funds which disappeared in council coffers when they appeared before the parliamentary Public Accounts Sub-Committee on local Authorities this Friday.

The committee had summoned Harare City Council to answer for alleged acts of corruption, misuse of public funds, and procurement fraud.

“IT appears there were acts of corruption and collusion on the missing money and as a committee, we seek an explanation into how far you have gone in accounting for that money,” enquired honorable Dexter Nduna, the Chairperson of the Parliament’s Public Accounts Sub Committee on Local Authorities.

“As council what have you done with officials who canceled the existing tender and opted for the one which is not working at all,” asked honorable
Charlton Hwende, a committee member.

The local authority admitted that there were missing funds, but failed to furnish the committee with a plausible explanation.

“The money missing was more than US$180 million. In terms of the contract yes we had canceled our contract with our previous contractor in the supply of software,” said the Acting Town Clerk.

According to the Auditor General’s Report, shoddy accounting exposed Harare City Council to prejudice where trade and other payables were unverifiable.