UPDATED: Unqualified managers running Gweru council City of Gweru

Midlands Correspondent
Cash strapped Gweru City Council’s (GCC) failure to deliver services to ratepayers due to under qualified senior and middle managers running the city, a service level benchmarking exercise of the city has revealed.

The exercise, which was carried by a team from the Urban Councils Association of Zimbabwe (UCAZ) last week, revealed that 47,9 percent of the staff complement in senior and middle management is under qualified for the job that they are doing.

The exercise however didn’t specify the exact positions which are manned by the under qualified personnel who might the source of problems bedevilling the local authority. Presenting their findings the chairperson of the review committee Mr Malvin Dondo said corporate governance issues were being affected by under qualified managers running the city.

“While 52,1 percent of the staff complement is qualified and experienced, 47, 9 percent are not qualified especially in the areas of senior and middle level management,” he said.

“Our review process has noted a concern in terms of corporate governance issues in line with administration and human resources.”

Mr Dondo who is the town clerk for Kadoma said there is an urgent need for an internal and external audit at GCC noting that the last audit was carried out in 2015.

“We have observed that key corporate governance policies are still in draft form. The city needs to urgently address audit issues as the current records reflect that the last audit was done in the year 2015,” he said.

Mr Dondo said some of the recommendations they made are prioritising water provision, waste water management and road infrastructure revamp.

“During our tour of Gwenhoro water works, we observed that the pumping capacity is relatively low hence there is need to buy more water pumps rather than rehabilitate the old ones as they have become obsolete.

‘‘There is need to improve on storage facilities for water treatment chemicals like chlorine. On the road infrastructure we have seen some significant progress in terms of tarring of major roads but you still need to put road signs and traffic lights.”

“The state of solid waste management is also a major concern. We have observed that the current dump-site is not fenced as stipulated in the pre requisite requirements for dump-site. We have also observed that the dump-site is now encroaching in the nearby suburb. However we have been told that plans are underway to relocate the dump-site,” he said.

In November last year council was saved from borrowing $10 million for new water infrastructure after engineers from Munich, Germany, managed to identify and open a single water valve that was preventing water from flowing into Kopje reservoir tanks during the past 15 years.

In the end, council through the assistance of German Development Cooperation-GIZ-Ausaid, only spent about $60 000 on flying in the engineers

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