Yeukai Karengezeka Municipal Correspondent
Harare City Council has suspended amenities manager Mr Lisben Chipfunde for alleged gross incompetence, among other issues, The Herald has learnt.
The development comes at a time when the city is carrying out investigations and hunting down corrupt officials.
According to a letter dated August 21 2019, Mr Chipfunde was advised by the acting human capital director Mr Matthew Marara of his suspension with full pay and benefits.
“Pursuant to the memorandum from the director of works dated 21 August 2019, you are hereby advised of your suspension from employment with full salary and benefits with effect from August 27,” reads part of the letter.
The suspension follows serious allegations that Mr Chipfunde breached the code which provides for gross incompetence or inefficiency in the performance of work, and or alternatively Section 4(a) of the code which provides for any act of conduct or omission inconsistent with the fulfilment of the express or implied conditions of one’s contract.
Mr Marara indicated in the letter that the move was meant to pave way for investigations.
“Your suspension is meant to facilitate the investigations of you, and subject to the outcome of the investigations, the disciplinary hearing can be conducted in line with Section 6(1) of the National Employment Code of Conduct Regulations, Statutory Instrument 15 of 2006,” reads the letter.
“Please be advised that you will be formally notified of the outcome once the above process is completed.”
Meanwhile, the local authority has suspended three employees over alleged corruption involving the illegal sale of stands, irregularities in approval of plans and producing fraudulent layout plans, among other charges.
In letters addressed to the trio, works director Engineer Zvenyika Chawatama said allegations against Mr Roy Nyabvure (architect’s division) were that he approved building plans on land that had not been sanctioned by council.
Mr Tapiwa Gona (public lighting) and Mr Tonderai Mukora (survey section) were allegedly implicated in the illegal sale of council stands in Kuwadzana suburb.
Mr Mukora is also being implicated in the illegal sale of council stands in the same area, identifying open spaces and producing fraudulent layout plans.