Gokwe Town councillors push for town secretary’s arrest over missing cash

GOKWE town councillors have threatened to report to the police and oust council chairperson Esther Senga after she refused to write a letter of resolution made during the full council meeting to suspend town secretary Melania Mandeya over the missing $491 811 from council coffers.

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Gokwe Town secretary commissioning first robbot (File photo)

Five councillors have threatened to report the alleged fraud and pass a vote of no confidence against Senga, saying she might have played part in the missing funds.

Zanu PF councillors, Davis Taruvinga, Duncan Nyamukasa, Fastimo Mapfunde, Manuel Mafa and MDC-T’s Jameson Mhlanga resolved to suspend the secretary after five attempts to convene the 106th full council meeting to discuss the shortfall were blocked.
UDCORP external auditors unearthed a shortfall of $491 811 and the councillors resolved that Mandeya be suspended to pave way for a forensic audit.

According to council finance committee member Taruvinga, for the past two months Senga and Mandeya had allegedly refused to hand over the 2015 audit report to the council audit committee for deliberations and recommendations.

“For the past two months the secretary and chairperson had been refusing to give us the audit report we had to engage the province to get it,” Taruvinga said.

“It is the norm when the audit report is out, (that) it is handed over to the committee to discuss the management response and then it will be presented to the next full council meeting and follow the dictates of the Urban Councils Act Chapter 29:15 section 307 (8).”

Nyamukasa said Senga’s refusal to suspend Mandeya could mean that she was involved in the disappearance of the council funds.

Efforts by Southern Eye to speak to Mandeya were futile as she was said to be locked in a meeting.

 

Mandeya and Senga, according to councillors, allegedly abused the levies through successive travelling around the country and abroad. They once clashed with the councillors in 2015 after they allegedly teamed up with the finance director and travelled to Gambia without council approval.

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Gweru-Zvishavane road accident claims three

Three people died and 19 others were injured when a Toyota Gaia collided head on with an Isuzu Como commuter omnibus along the Gweru-Zvishavane Road yesterday.

The accident occurred at around 9.15am at the 23,5km peg when the Shurugwi-bound Toyota Gaia, which had two people on board, collided head on with the Gweru-bound Isuzu Como commuter omnibus carrying 20 people.

Acting Midlands police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Ethel Mukwende said she was yet to get details of the accident.

“I will get hold of the responsible office and furnish you with the details,” she said.

A police source told our Midlands Bureau that on approaching the 23,5km peg, the driver of the Isuzu Como commuter omnibus owned by Mhangami Tours, trading as Zebra Transport, tried to overtake at a continuous line ahead of the oncoming Toyota Gaia.

The source said the driver of the Gaia swerved to the left and veered off the road to avoid the head-on, but the driver of the commuter omnibus lost control of the vehicle and also swerved in the same direction, resulting in the collision.

The commuter omnibus overturned and landed on its roof, while the Toyota Gaia also overturned and landed on its wheels.“Three people, one from the commuter omnibus and two from the Toyota Gaia died on the spot as a result of the collision,” said a police source.

“Seven people whose condition was stable were taken to Shurugwi District Hospital, while 12 others whose condition was reported to be serious were ferried to Gweru Provincial Hospital.”

Gweru Provincial Hospital Medical Superintendent Doctor Fabian Mashingaidze confirmed attending to the 12 accident victims.

A witness, Mr Dumisani Moyo, said the driver of the commuter omnibus was speeding. The Chronicle